June 22, 2009

Surprised


Driving home from our Jones Hole Creek walk last week, we saw a head peeking out of the tall grass near the road. At first I thought it was a cow. And it was. An elk cow. As she got to her feet, she looked both startled and terrified. The road doesn't get a lot of traffic, and probably no other passersby had noticed her or stopped to have a look.
She stared at us for a few moments, apparently trying to decide what to do.
Finally she trotted off, still glancing back.
Usually elk are seen in herds except at calving time. Do you think she had a young one hidden in the grass and was trying to distract us?
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22 comments:

  1. Aren't they just wonderful creatures? My Camera Critters post from this weekend had elk that I saw last weekend.

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  2. Great photo of the elk. I hope that she got reunited with her herd.

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  3. Such beautiful, wonderful creatures! I wonder, too, if she had a little one. Marvelous shots!

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  4. Excellent pics as always!

    Have a great week
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  5. That was a lovely series of nature photos of the elk...My World is always an adventure to see all the different places.

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  6. Wow, she was probably as surprised as you were. She may have had a young one hidden in the tall grass. Great capture and sighting.

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  7. Now that's really sweet - what a beautiful animal and great photos.

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  8. Lovely shots, I do hope she went back for her calf if she had one.

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  9. To have access to such creatures in the wild is a joy that I envy.

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  10. She looks young herself.

    I'm a bit jealous. In all my trips west, I've wanted to see an elk, and have yet to encounter one. Moose - yes. Deer of all kinds - yes. Elk - alas, no.

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  11. What a great set of shots. I can imagine her saying under her breath to her children, "stay very still until those dangerous humans have past".

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  12. beautiful capture of the elk.
    have a wonderful tuesday.

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  13. Wow, she's lovely! Now I do wonder if there was a tiny baby waiting for her....awwww.

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  14. That is funny how high she held her head the whole time, she looks very elegant.

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  15. I bet she could have had a young one somewhere close!! I hardly ever seen the cows alone.

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  16. Wonderful shots of a beautiful creature. Thanks so much!

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  17. Once when I was a kid helping my dad classify elk I was walking along the top of the ridge and a cow elk with a calf busted out of the brush. I don't know who was more frightened, me or the cow.

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  18. She is a beauty !!

    Great capture !!

    And she may very well have had a baby hidden near by ...

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  19. I'd put all my money on a little one. What a great encounter!

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