February 5, 2009

Where's the Elk?


Elk, also called wapiti, shed their antlers each winter after mating season. These, in Yellowstone National Park, tend to stay put because taking antlers out of the park isn't allowed. This photo was taken on the Specimen Ridge Trail in the north central area of Yellowstone in June, '07. The mountain in the distance is probably Mt. Washburn.

We found all these antlers piled up in one spot. Some of us had to try them on for size! :)
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31 comments:

  1. Wow!..so many antlers here.
    Nice blue sky too.

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  2. Bwahahaha! Looks like someone thinks being an elk would be fun.

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  3. I never knew that about elk. Must get interesting in the herd when all the measuring sticks start dropping off!

    Love that first shot for sure! It looks... prehistoric somehow.

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  4. Beautiful photos and the antlers are a good fit! Have a great weekend. Smiles

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  5. WoW, cool information. I didn't know that. Very nice pics here. Funny too.

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  6. Wow Janie---I'm sure you all wanted to take those antlers home. So gorgeous!!!

    My mother and father got married in 1919. They went on their honeymoon to Yellowstone. I almost 67 yrs. old (August)--and have never been there YET. One of these days we'll make it out there--I hope.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Wow that is a brilliant pic, with a great sky behind it. Well done.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  8. Beautiful spot. You guys look great with antlers.

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  9. Hey Janie,
    Thanks for the visit....Looks like inspiration for the next Georgia O'Keeffe!

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  10. I think they don't fit so well.

    Beautiful photos!

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  11. SOmething about the rise in the background makes my heart soar!
    Not to mention it is great to see people enjoying life.

    Be well.

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  12. This is something I've never seen before. Thanks for sharing though.

    Skies~

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  13. oops. so many elks lol.

    let me share my white water rafting adventure to you here

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  14. So beautiful hiking in this great area, having fun and a great SWF.
    Thanks Janie.

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  15. Those are some seriuos hat racks! I like them very much.

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  16. Fun photo of the antlers to frame up a beautiful big view of the sky. Thanks for sharing with everyone in sky watch friday.

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  17. wonderful find and gorgeous day!

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  18. At Petrified Forest National Monument, its folklore that people who take any of the petrified wood out of the park are struck with bouts of bad luck, and in their visitor center is a display of pieces that people returned with lengthy notes, in attempt to change their luck. Maybe the same thing applies to the antlers.

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  19. Oh gosh this is amazing i don't know much about this so that was interesting to know.Great scenery

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  20. I had no idea! How cool! Thanks for sharing that. I was just talking about elk in Yellowstone with my future in-laws last night.

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  21. Wonderful heartwarming post for skywatch.

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  22. Janie: What very cool captures you have made.

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  23. They are amazing antlers. I expect they are far more threatening when they are attached to an elk. Yellowstone looks like a fantastic place to wonder around.

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  24. what an interesting post, specialy for a city dweller like me.

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  25. Very pretty! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad to find yours, too.

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  26. This is too funny, were those antlers and winter kill in the lamar valley.. I think my husband and I were parked on the road below watching you take these pics.. Probably not you I am sure others had to "try them on" but we were there in June 97 and My husband wanted to do it too...lol

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  27. What a beautiful sky and the scenery too. I love that second photo!

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  28. I was about to write here that the elk antler find made a great photo plus is so interesting! (I've never seen one.) Then I saw the group of you, horsing (is it that "elking" :), around! Terrific! Thx for the smiles.

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  29. hmmm ... adds a new dimension to the definition of "being horny" ;-) Thanks for sharing some great pics and an interesting blog - I've added a link at my blog.

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  30. Antler collectors gather the sheds in early spring, hide them, then return to smuggle them from the Park in the off season.

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