Kentucky Elk

For about a week, I stayed at the Fenton Campground in The Land Between The Lakes.


It was completely deserted. I loved it.


The reason I stayed so long in one place, and Kentucky for all that, is because I had a few things I had to do yet and I wanted to be far enough away from home that it felt like I was starting my trip, but close enough that I could go back in an emergency.

I had the two water leaks, the blown fuse for the GPS, I need to put conduit on my back up camera wires, etc. However, I was was not planning on staying as long as I did.

I really liked the area and the town of Murray. There was a planetarium about a mile from my site where I watched a pretty sad little “documentary” and learned that Saturn rains diamonds. I also learned to find Orion and Taurus. I’ve always wanted to learn more constellations than the big and little dippers so that was worth the price of the movie.

While at the planetarium the ladies told me about an Elk and Bison area. I drove through it and my camera died before I could get any photos. The ladies mentioned the Elk  are most active during the dawn and dusk.   I thought that was my last chance to see them because I was leaving before dusk and wasn’t getting up at dawn. Two days later when I was still in Kentucky and up before dawn, I decided to go with it and try for a few pictures.

I would like to add, the ladies told me I wouldn’t see the bison because they were pinned for vaccines.  She said they do it every December and since it was nearly February I thought it sounded strange, but what do I know.   The second time I went I saw a sign for a bison auction. Vaccines, huh?


I have 270 photos of elk, turkeys, landscapes, and a couple of bison.  I spotted a few bison way back in the woods.



I really loved this area. I would love to go back someday.

I had to have my oil changed as well and there is a Quick Lube Plus that did the change, lubed, checked my tires, cleaned my battery, and filled my liquids for 40 bucks. I had called around in Paducah and they wanted 80 for the oil change and 30 to clean the battery.  If I go up through Kentucky on the way back, I’m stopping there again.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.