Elk Bulls Sparring by A.M. Ruttle

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Each day, the wildlife in our region and around the world may face their own olympic trials… to stay alive, to avoid a predator, to prove they are better than another in their herd or pack, to find food in a frozen or inhospitable land. These elk are sparring months before the rut arrives, no doubt to hone their skills. Canon 7D, low light, ISO640, f 5.6, 1/500, 400mm focal length, RAW, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. Views 239 and Faves 22 as of 6 August 2012; see also the RuttleWild Video Sampler for some olympic duels between pronghorn antelope. Other “Wildlife Olympics”:
- Wildlife Olympics – Bison Headlock, Wrestling Moves In The Wild, and
- Wildlife Olympics – Tricky Dismount, Mountain Goat Kid
- Wildlife Olympics – Syncho Swimming Wannabes, Trumpeter Swans
- Wildlife Olympics – Hurdles… Days Old Moose Calf
Featured in:
- TPW, August 2012
- Antlers, Racks, and Other Horned Animals, August 2012
- Even-toed Ungulates, August 2012
- 300+ Go Long, July 2012
- Top Shelf Wildlife, July 2012
- ♥ Artists Universe ♥, July 2012
- Mother Nature’s Finest, July 2012
- A love of CANON, July 2012
- ART UNIVERSE, July 2012
Thank you so much!

Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 2 years ago

    Wow i love this..

  • Hi Donovan, it sure is pretty cool stuff to hang out with the herd, and then to have them get into sparring!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Awesome capture A.M.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Nice to see you stop by, Jude!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Dennis!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 2 years ago


  • Love that WOW, Kay!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 2 years ago

    Just perfect, Ann! What great timing. Beautiful bucks, with antlers in velvet and it looks so nice with the group to the right, too! Amazing capture!

  • High praise, Eivor, thank you so much!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 2 years ago

    This is an amazing photo. Content/subject is remarkable and photography is equally remarkable!

  • Delightful remarks, Bonnie, thank you so much!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

    What an excellent capture.
    ( I’m jealous.)

  • I’ve only seem them spar one other time, Larry; it was definitely cool!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 2 years ago

    We hope you will put this in the Even-Toed Ungulates group

  • Whoops, missed it, Kay but I’ve fixed it now!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 2 years ago

    A truly excellent shot, instant favorite ! tony

  • Love that instant FAVE, Tony, thanks!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    1 Images per day 2012/07/28
    Brilliant work!

  • Your “brilliant” is most appreciated, Magaret, thanks!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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