Can you hear it? Can you see them? The chorus is rising, the melody harmonious, the trumpets are blaring and the song is persistent. The sound draws our curiosity and the clack and crack of the percussion, fills the fall air.
The song is a challenge, a call to a duel, a call of a champion who dominates the land. Rushes of fierce aggression, power and might. The will to be victorious, the need to win. At the peak of their health, at the peak of their musculature, at the peak of their minds. No more the docile and calm, the placid and unassuming. No more the mild and passive.
Now the days have changed and with it comes the call to fight. The call of great champions, the days of autumn, when the songs of battle pierce the air and the trumpets blare their demanding rights. Come out of hiding, oh mighty foe, the challenge must be met and the fight must commence.
The song is a love song, it calls for a mate. Bellowing and blaring the dominant voice of a great leader calls to it’s circle of proud supporters, to gather around. Come close and be protected calls the great voice and the interested, the curious, the dutiful, come forward to be protected and to join in the circle of togetherness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJd7L2aDHC0 it’s elk mating season
The family gather around to join with their great leader. His voice echoes throughout the land and he can be heard by his rivals. Others, his foes with massive girth and muscular strong bodies, come forward to challenge the champion and the duel for supremacy and superiority rights commences.
The bystanders watch with interest as the champions face off. Their wide weapons, honed to perfection. The sharpened daggers of bone, the weapons of nature, tines of pointed danger. The aggressors face off for the duel of their lives. Courtship and mating is the name and fighting for this privilege is the game. Only the strongest, of superior genetics will win this fight for life itself. The rights to reproduce, to be the grand champion, to be the life force of nature that will sire next years fawns. A game of immense proportions, of immense importance, for the victor is the wild almighty one, who’s genetics will carry the herd forward into another year of healthy prosperity. For these ones, their prosperity is their numbers and the grand victor of these matches is the prize of nature.
The grand prize of nature, stands up to be counted and calls his wild call of majesty and triumph. To a duel! Out of the forest comes another bold and athletic counterpart to attack with ferocity for the dominance of this season. To win! To be the pride of nature’s glory. To be the victor of this remarkable privilege. The fabulous, the mighty, the hero of the herd! It is now. A time to live and a time to fight. The season of the great wild champions, is now!
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
September 2, 2015