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If an elk bugles and nobody is around to hear it.

 


If an elk bugles and nobody is around to hear it...

By Sondra Ashton

If a tree falls in the forest ... oops, wrong analogy. If an elk bugles on the Missouri River Flats, and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Is the sound in the hearing or in the making? Is sound real only if it is perceived? What if I am not there to hear it, and the elk move on with a sense of something missing for the rest of their lives? These are important questions.

In my quest for answers, I decided to drive south to the Missouri River at Slippery Ann to view the gathering of the elk herds. I make...



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