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Elk

Cervus canadensis

Description:

Elk belong to the deer family. Large bulls may weigh 800 lbs and have large antlers, which are shed annually. Cows are smaller and are without antlers.

Habitat:

Elk live in forests and forest edge habitat.

Notes:

I found this elk just north of the Mammoth townsite in Yellowstone National Park. In fact, I first spotted him as he charged across the road from the townsite and up this ridge in pursuit of a cow elk that had strayed from his harem. I pulled over into a parking lot and jumped out of the car with tripod and camera. The vision for this photograph was already formed; I really wanted the moon in the photo with the bull silhouetted against the sky.

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41 Comments (1–25)

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Incredible image

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 6 years ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments....

Hakim Rouidi
Hakim Rouidi 6 years ago

woooow amazing

Nice pic!!!

medusasnakes123
medusasnakes123 6 years ago

I like the moon in the picture! :)

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 6 years ago

Great pic

Ok This is just too cool! Love your Profile Pic too. You are amazing at catching all these Beautiful Animals. :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

This bull elk was well-known to Yellowstone visitors, as he hung around the Mammoth townsite where many people could see him. I heard today that this bull, known as No. 10 for his ear tag, died in the last few days.

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 7 years ago

Wow

Khathoub
Khathoub 8 years ago

woah.. amazing!

Mau Sanchez
Mau Sanchez 8 years ago

Great shot!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Beautiful photo!

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Me too! Just great.

Leah M
Leah M 9 years ago

I love this pic!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

I just got back from photographing wildlife in Colorado and South Dakota. Had a great time photographing elk in Rocky Mountain National Park and have uploaded an elk spotting. These are absolutely magnificent animals and I never get tired of photographing them. Thanks for the kind words.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

What a perfect shot

moralcoral
moralcoral 9 years ago

love this shot great how everything is in the right place at just the right time, the elk, the moon, the twilight! just fantastic!

:) <3

great and wonderful picture, you were in the right place in the right time.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Thanks Hamed! It was a very good opportunity to be creative. Much fun....

Hamed Moshiri
Hamed Moshiri 9 years ago

very beautiful !!!

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

This is amazing!
Good for you that you can estimate their behaviour so well.
This is poster / magazine worthy!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

This is such a great photo.. Beautiful!!

Gina9210
Gina9210 9 years ago

Gordon, thank you for sharing.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Yes...Gordon..thanks for story hidden in the picture..!!

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Montana, USA

Spotted on Sep 19, 2009
Submitted on Feb 28, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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