Intensity by William C. Gladish

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
500mm Lens

A rain-soaked bull elk looks over his shoulder as another bull approaches from behind. The rain and diffused light intensified the mood and all the beautiful colors for this scene.

During the fall rut in September-October, males repeatedly give a high-pitched “bugle” vocalization. Lives in herds sometimes exceeding 200 in open habitats, smaller groups in forested areas. Maximum life expectancy is 20 years. Hunted to extinction throughout eastern states by the mid 1800s; recent reintroductions of small populations into Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are encouraging. Overall population size is now approaching a million animals. Browses and grazes on a variety of plant species, preferring open or brushy habitats to mature forest. Most populations in the US are found on federally protected lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.

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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • thank you Lori :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 3 years ago

    WOW – fantastic fine – well done

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait of this fabulous Creature Teacher, well done! I enjoyed the information you provided as well.

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Capture

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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