Bull Elk

Bugling

Bugling

I found this beautiful bull elk tending his harem near Estes Park.  It was early morning, about an hour after sunrise.  The temperature was low 40’s, cold enough to see his breath when he bugled.

His harem of approximately two dozen were grazing in the tall grass, aware of my presence but not bothered by it.  I was surprised by the herd’s movement; they never stood in one place for more than a nibble or two, always moving on to the greener grass.  Their constant movement made the herd collapse and expand in all directions, sort of like the slow-motion movement of a lava lamp.  Consequently, the bull would always be moving to keep his entire herd in sight.

My brother knew the area well, so he drove while I took pictures.  This picture was taken about 50 yards from his driveway … a very fuel-efficient shoot.

Thought for the Day:  Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.                                                                                                                         Cicero  106BC – 43 BC

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THINGS I LOVE: Family, Friends, Photography and College Football. THINGS I LIKE: reading, sports,travel, straight shooters, sense of humor, hand-crafted beers, nature, golf, organization, my wife's cooking, the USA, movies of all types except sci-fi, blueberries, National Parks, music (especially light jazz)of all types except opera and rap, licorice, punctuality,woodworking, dogs and clean underwear.
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2 Responses to Bull Elk

  1. Sherrie Wade says:

    Weren’t you surprised to hear how high the bugle sound is? I thought Elk would be basses, given their tremendous size. Such a surprise.

    Sherrie

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  2. “You can observe a lot by watching.” — Yogi Berra

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