I picked a heck of a weekend to go back to RMNP looking for elk. A front had moved through the Front Range, bringing cold temps and snow – just the way I like it!! It’s a little late in the rut, so there weren’t a lot of crowds either (again, just the way I like it).

The bad news was there were few elk, I saw no jousting, and there were few challengers. That didn’t stop this bull from responding to the few bellowed challenges issued by other bulls.

This bull had a harem of less than a dozen cows, and was pretty relaxed having me photograph him. I was able to use the car as a blind and stay relatively warm and comfortable for the shoot – rare treat. Most of the time I’m out in the worst weather, struggling to stay warm and not get blown off a mountain summit.

Elk (Cervus canadensis)
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 300/2.8+1.4TC
Bean bag

ISO400, f/4.5, 1/160sec

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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  • akaurora
    akauroraover 5 years ago

    OH WOW Jay … this is really AWESOME!! Such a beautiful bull, what a rack!! ♥ it!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Super shot mate..

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A magnificent capture!!!!! Just look at that rack and set of choppers!!!!!! GREAT!!!

  • Olivia Moore
    Olivia Mooreover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 5 years ago

    Nice capture Jay. Hope I see some up there tomorrow (Monday).

  • David Shaw
    David Shawover 5 years ago

    Great Shot

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 5 years ago

    He was really making noise for you! Cool shot!

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyover 5 years ago


  • Dusker
    Duskerover 5 years ago

    Recently watched a series on Yellowstone, which featured these guys. They blew me away with their strength when fighting. I am afraid our natives not quite so fierce as yours. Splendid fellow.

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 5 years ago

    Awsome capture Jay!!

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