Bull Elk - Yellowstone Lake Shoreline
This bull elk became one of my most photographed subjects ever this past September during the elk rutting period in YNP. He and his harem (group of girlfriends, elk cows) resided only a few minutes from my trailer and were easy to go and find in the evenings after work. I watched them so much that I had down their patterns and where and when they moved around the area. It was quite fun observing and photographing this bull and his cows, as I really enjoy being able to observe the same animals over a period of time or on several occasions. I almost feel like I have built a relationship with the animals the more time I spend with them. This is not my best photo of this bull, just the first of a few.
The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia. This animal should not be confused with the still larger moose to which the name "elk" applies in British English and in reference to populations in Eurasia.
Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in.. more