Friday, September 19, 2008

RMNP Elk Portraits

Got home from Colorado late this afternoon. This is the first set of the Rocky Mountain National Park images that I will be posting. Plans are to post a series of photos from the Colorado trip each evening with a different critter theme. Tonight's theme is elk portraits.

The top image is a bull elk that I happened upon late one morning. He was tucked away in the woods with a harem. He was relaxing with the late morning sun basking him, which allowed a fairly close approach. The photo was taken of his right side when the sun was directly in his face. Not especially happy with this image but did like the pose. The middle image is of a cow elk that was adjacent to the woods providing a preferred darker background. The bottom image is of a young bull still with velvet antlers. If you look closely you can see a red seam in the velvet mid way up his right antler where it will eventually peel off.


Bradley Myers said...

Glad you made it back safe, I would say I hope you had a good time, but any time away in wildlife and fresh air is good. I am looking forward to seeing more.

Klaus said...

Great shots! Excellent in detail and compo! Looks as if the blog training wheels are off, huh? You're posting more frequent - that is great!
Cheers, Klaus