RMNP - Male Elk at Bear Lake

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 14 October 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Photograph taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

I should mention that our first morning in RMNP was supposed to include an early start to a 9 mile hike. The problem was that there was so much going on and so much to see at Bear Lake that we had to delay our start time.

Pictured above is a beautiful male elk who was wandering around Bear Lake with two of his female companions. Something interesting that I learned is that an Elk is a type of deer, not an antelope. The main distinction between deer and antelope is that deer lose their antlers every year and then regrow. I can't imagine what it feels like to have those bad boys growing out of your head every year!

If you go back and look at my photographs from Africa, you will see photos of many different antelopes (impala, sable, kudu, etc.). The elk is a massive creature and would dwarf any of those antelopes. The kudu are probably closest in size, but still much smaller.

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Olympus E-5
1/20 second
ISO 1600
120 mm (35mm equiv.)

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