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A bull Elk pauses in the morning sunlight of the Moraine Valley area of Rocky Mountain National Park to take in his surroundings. Makes me sad that the area which I took this image is now “off limits” but I snuck in anyhow. Hard to get a clean shot in this area these days but I managed! He was a big boy and he sure bugled loud enough to let those who were sleeping that it was time to get up out of bed. This photo was featured by Tamron lenses on their facebook page, photographed using a Tamron 200-400mm lens, Sony A550 and a Puffin Pad

John De Bord Photography © 2013


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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Outstanding capture John.

  • I appreciate that, thank you

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 1 year ago


  • :) thanks kindly

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 1 year ago

    Very nice shot. Love it!!!

  • Thank you, I love being able to photograph these guys

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Kimberly mattia
    Kimberly mattiaover 1 year ago

    great capture :)

  • thanks Kim

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    Stunning capture John!!! :))))))))))

  • Thanks kindly Vicki

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 1 year ago

    A majestic capture, John with a very apt title.

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...over 1 year ago

    Beautiful! great shot!

  • Much appreciate that, thank you

    – John De Bord Photography

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerover 1 year ago

    Great shot John

  • Thank you! :)

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 1 year ago

    We would love to have this in the Even-Toed Ungulates group

  • Thanks Kay, I believe I submitted it to there already??? is it not showing?

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Marilyn Grimble
    Marilyn Grimbleover 1 year ago

    What a beaut.
    Master of what he surveys … a well established male, for sure.

  • Thanks and he certainly was, glad he took a moments pause for me before running off to fend off other males, made for some nice eye contact

    – John De Bord Photography

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