Female Elk by Michael Cummings


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“The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an “elk” in Europe), is larger, and Cervus unicolor (the sambar deer) can rival the C. canadensis elk in size. Elk are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 500
EV 1.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
200 MM
WB Shade


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  • AuntDot
    AuntDot11 months ago

    Awesome capture, Michael. Nice winter picture.

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...11 months ago

    So beautiful!!! Lovely capture :)))))))))

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon11 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • John44
    John4411 months ago

    Well composed, nice work!

  • Ginny York
    Ginny York11 months ago

    Beautiful capture Michael and great info. She’s a beauty!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB11 months ago

    October 10, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke11 months ago

    Beautiful capture. She’s a beauty.

  • lorilee
    lorilee11 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Eye Contact!!”

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...9 months ago


    December 21, 2013 – Amazing!
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  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 1 month ago


    This wonderful image is featured for all to see in DEER ME on July 24, 2014. It is a favorite:>)

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