The Bull Elk – The Next Day

Following my great morning spent photographing the elk, I went down the Vermilion Lake road the next day, Wednesday, with my wife and children to show them the spot where he had been.  We stopped there for a few minutes and then carried on to the second lake.  At the edge of the lake I was surprised to see the same elk standing in a couple of feet of snow eating leaves.  I didn’t bother him for long in case he had reconsidered our encounter but my family enjoyed seeing him.

I didn’t get out photographing again until we checked out on Thursday and we took a quick drive down the lake road just to see if the elk or any other wildlife was hanging around in the middle of the day.  After a couple of cloudy days, Thursday was mild and sunny so you never know what might be out warming up.   We didn’t see any animals on the drive down the lake but returning I glimpsed the familiar antlers poking up over a bluff near the road.

Driving a little further, I took this last image of the elk who defined the photography on this trip to Banff.  He was relaxed, with eyes half closed and sitting down facing the sun.  It was an easy decision not to bother him.  A bit unusual this elk in his habits and territory but I could not see any signs of ill-health or other impediments.  Just an interesting animal.  I will certainly be looking for him each time I get back to Banff.

5 responses

  1. The elk looks so massive and powerful. And yet at the same times what soft eyes. What a great picture.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  2. You are so lucky to be able to be in touch with nature so close to you place … beautiful pictures!

    March 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

  3. SWK

    He certainly looks very contented. Great pics.

    March 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

  4. Wow your two last posts are very impressive. Well done. I’m happy to see we are not the only one under a very nice snow cover 😉

    March 19, 2011 at 3:34 am

  5. So fresh…..you’re so talented Chris I just…love your picture

    March 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

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