Tuesday, February 14, 2012

E is for Elk and Estes Park

The small town of Estes Park, Colorado (population 6,000) is called the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, where I saw Elk for the first time.During Sept and Oct mating season, bull elk can be heard bugling the characteristic rutting call of bulls. It is an astounding sound. (I was there in Oct.)
I easily snapped these shots (with a zoom lens) because the elk are not frightened by people.

The elk gather in open meadows and are visible for long periods of time when left undisturbed.
Linked to ABC Wednesday.


Rajesh said...

Beautiful scenic place. The shots of elk are wonderful.

EG Wow said...

Great photos, Carol. I very much like the second photo!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

Roger Owen Green said...

The elk may not be afraid of people, but I'd be a bit frightened of the elk!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl said...

Those are AWESOME shots! I love Estes National Park!

Antonette said...

Fabulous pictures! I love the Elks.

Genie said...

What a treat to get to see Estes Park again after 10 years. We spend 3 days there before driving to Cuchara for my son’s wedding. I am in love with Estes Park. The park was beautiful, but I was unable to make it up to that highest point. Buddy had to lead me down because I was losing it. We saw lots of elk and beautiful scenery. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for the two of us. genie

VioletSky said...

Wow, look at those impressive antlers!

photowannabe said...

Beautiful animals and great shots for the letter E.

Paula Scott said...

Pretty amazing creatures to see in person, isn't it? Although, i didn't know that we humans are not seen as 'dangerous'. All that sneaking around we did was for nothing!
Great elk shots (and that's the only way to shoot an Elk in my book!).

Annie said...

They are such majestic creatures. I'd love to hear them bugle! Your photos are fantastic.

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful creatures. but i'd rather watch them from a distance--those antlers could be deadly.:p it's great that they have a place to roam.

Carver said...

Excellent shots of the elk. I am very impressed with these photographs. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Fantastiche foto.
Grandioso parco naturale !
Buona serata.
Myriam :)

chubskulit said...

I love their antlers.

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

jeannette said...

Great pictures! I've never seen an elk, but I guess Los Angeles wouldn't be their favorite place to hang out:)

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic shots! I've been there, but it was so very long ago. Thanks for the nice photos...

Anonymous said...

I love the shot of the bull elk!!! I went to Estes Park with my wife.

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