Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bull Elk

A Walk on the Wild Side #1

I had to stop for a beautiful bull elk and his girls as they crossed the road in front of me last night. Being the perfect gentleman, he let them cross first (he probably wanted to see whether or not it was safe for him) then, when they were all safely on the other side, he ran full speed to catch up with them tossing his head and kicking up his heels like a playful horse. I imagine he wanted to make sure he didn't lose any of his harem. It is rutting season, after all, when males compete for females (isn't that all the time, though?). You don't often see them running like that; he was magnificent.

It was too dark to get a shot last night but I have this photo of a young bull taken from my deck early one summer morning:

"Morning Walk"
(click on photo for a larger view)

Young Bull Elk on a Morning Walk

12 comments:

bobbie said...

A great picture. Too bad you couldn't catch it that night.

Mountain Photog said...

I know! That would have been a rare shot if I'd have caught him kicking up his heels. Ah, well.

Linda said...

That's a great shot, I can just picture this guy or another one like him kicking up his heels and trying to impress the ladies!

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks, Linda! And the bull elk do everything they can to impress the ladies, believe me! They would stand on their hands if they could. LOL!

Villas Girl said...

It's nice to know that even in the elk community, chivalry isn't dead. The sad thing is my boss would do the same as this bull elk. Let me go first. If I got hit, he would go the other way. lol.
That is a beautiful photo of the young bull elk. I love his expression. Lisa

Hilary said...

Oh but you have the perfect, never-fading mental snapshot. And the fine verbal image you shared with us. Beautiful!

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks, Lisa! I liked the expression on his face, too. Sounds like you have an interesting boss. LOL!

Thank you, Hilary! I have many mental snapshots that would make great photos. Too bad I can't load my head with film. :)

tymedrifter said...

Absolutely beautiful. Breath taking photo of the big guy.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I ended up here from (The WIB&W)..This discription here of the events is hilarious..he certainly is handsome..how fun!
Thanks for your comment too-

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks Tymedrifter! He was a beautiful animal. :)

Kilauea Poetry (Regina?): I love The World in Black and White blog. I don't do much B&W work (I never had a darkroom so I didn't see the point) but I have a great appreciation for it. I might start to dabble around with it now, though, since I work exclusively in digital formats these days. You do have some lovely photos on your blog. I love looking at what other photogs are doing. :)

Thanks to both of you for stopping by!

Picture Imperfect said...

I love your elk, Lisa! he looks so thoughtful!

I love the elk dance. I have seen deer do it too and it makes me smile from my head to my toes!!!

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks, Penny! I'm sure he's just giving me a "what is that?" look but I'll take "thoughtful" anyday. LOL! They look like they're having so much fun when they kick up their heels like that, don't they?

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