Elk in the forest in the Banff National Park

The trees in the forest were soaked and the rain was still falling as the morning brightened.  We found a large herd of elk in the woods in the Lake Minnewanka area of the Banff National Park.  There were seven or eight cows and two calves grazing, grooming and walking in the shadows.

And one beautiful bull.

He was back in the forest for quite a while and only came up to the edge of trees for a few minutes before moving slowly back again.  Nearby, one of the calves settled down on a patch of grass in a clearing.  It seemed to have only a passing interest in its observers.

The rest of the family was grazing through the forest.  The two below were content to share a clump of colourful leaves for lunch.

The bull came back for another lap along the frontline and we left soon after.

4 responses

  1. What they said. 🙂 Beautiful shots of beautiful creatures.

    October 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  2. Wonderful shots of these magnificent animals!

    October 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

  3. Well done.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:47 am

  4. Oh my gosh Christopher. Such amazing images. I saw the same thing when I went to Yellowstone but did not capture this beauty. How I would love to shadow you and learn from you.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

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