A group of elk in January. Taken west of Victor, Montana USA at the base of the Bitterroot Mountains near Sweathouse Creek. There were a total of about thirty head in this group of cows, calves and a few spike bulls. Just a few miles south was another group, similar size and make up. The big bulls are off in the higher country on their own this time of year (winter). In the fall when they gather together and our local herd becomes about 100 plus head.

See more photos in my SmugMug album Elk cows, calves and a few spike bulls

Canon EOS 7D, 1/500s, f/4.0, ISO: 200, 500mm, Manual setting
Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens, handheld over my arm on tree (I didn’t want to spook them by setting up the tripod).

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  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 3 years ago

    What a great group portrait.

  • Thank you Kay, I took a few because there were cows, calves and spikes. In the end, the Spikes took the show.

    – amontanaview

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. A wonderful sight to find.

  • Thank you. I have opportunities through out the year to see this group. Right now, the bulls are off on their own and the group sizes are smaller – taking care of this year’s calves. Very fun to see.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneideralmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Merle with lovely clarity and detail !!

  • Thanks Gisela. I was practicing with my new (used) 500mm lens. I think I am figuring it out!

    – amontanaview

  • The challenge – it was a gray day with a little snow spitting. Not bad for the lower lighting.

    – amontanaview

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 3 years ago

    How wonderful Merle to not only see such beautiful creatures in nature but to get such an excellent photograph of them. ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam. This was another practice session where I took quite a few with different setting of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Very fun and some of them turned out quite nicely.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneideralmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Gisela! Love this group. I need to browse through today and view the recent additions. See you there!

    – amontanaview

  • Margaret Morgan (Watkins)
    Margaret Morga...almost 3 years ago

    Great shot, love it.

  • Thank you Margaret!

    – amontanaview

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camillerialmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture !!

  • Thank you, I enjoy this one, too.

    – amontanaview

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice image!

  • Awesome. As always, I am thrilled and honored to be featured in your magnificent group.

    – amontanaview

  • I just visited the features in the group. What a great collection, so different and unique and beautiful.

    – amontanaview

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    18 January 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • Braedene
    Braedenealmost 3 years ago

    Love your last five images – love this shot – I got some close ups of elks in Yellowstone N P. Love the ‘heads up’ look – great capture.

  • Braedene, thank you for your views and telling me what images you like. Do you mean the last five here on RedBubble or the last five elk photos on the SmugMug link. Anyway, so glad you liked them. Yellowstone is a great place to get elk shots, even better bull elk shots. Thanks for the comment! I will be visiting your RedBubble soon.

    – amontanaview

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