Monday, August 28, 2006

The stag at eve

"The stag at eve had drunk it's fill where danced the moon on Monan's rill". The Lady of the Lake.

What say you Curtis?


Diane said...

Very nice! He's gorgeous!

I saw a deer (didn't have my camera with me) down at Twin Falls (the waterfalls, not the town!). He was maybe 200 ft. away from me, hanging out with a doe.

Being that close to wildlife always takes my breath away.

don said...

This deer was on the shores of Wildhorse Island. It is the biggest island in Flathead Lake. It is as big as a mountain.

I went to highschool with Scott McDonald who's dad used to own the whole island. Not sure how he got it. (another Scottish connection, My dad was Scottish also,.. the whole Lady of the Lake thing that I've been thinking about recently, I looked so much like Scott McDonald that people used to think we were brothers.) I guess we were in a small way as he had the same experience as me in this respect. His dad turned the island over to the state as a game preserve with the exception of a few private properties. It has bighorn sheep, bear and deer. There are some horses also. I'm sure there might be a cougar from time to time. I've seen a bear swim over to it, or from it rather. The lake sometimes freezes so I'm sure a cougar might walk over there in search of game in the winter. (I can usually game animals if they have been around so I'm sure a cat can.)

The native americans (Kootenia and Salish tribes) used to swim their horses to the island for safe keeping so that the "Blackfeet", (I don't know their "real" tribal name) wouldn't be able to raid and run off with them. Some of the horses stayed there and it became known as Wildhorse island. But none of the original horses remain.

It is probably my favorite place in my very small world. I have lots of stories about Wildhorse Island.

Curtis said...

Well, since you asked... The Lady of the Lake be DAMNED! I never saw the sense in that crazy book. A complete book written in iambic pentameter. I have to ask myself, "Why?" I suspect it was just to see if he could do it. Well, he did it and what did it get him? A place in our sophomore English Lit. class.

Also, I can't help myself... a rill is not a ridge top... it is a small stream or rivulet... thus, the stag at eve had "drunk" it's fill where danced the moon on Monan's "Rill". I can't be sure about the Gaelic part... but I don't think it has anything to do with the Celts. The word rill, in my dictionary, makes no reference to gaelic origin. It could also mean a long, straight depression on the moon's surface, but I doubt if that was what old man Scott was referring to... as I've never heard reports of stags on the moon.

Cool photos, nonetheless.

don said...


I knew you could help as I know how much you enjoyed that class. It makes sense and would solve the problem of the moon dancing in the water and not on the ridge. Also Shelley and I debated it here about drank and drunk and chose wrong.

So I do need to read this again.

I take it you have no favorite quotes from the book?

Curtis said...

My favorite quote was "drunk".

don said...

Ha ha ha! Save a Moose Drool for me!