RV Trip Part 5: Elks

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I wish, I could tell you what it really is like, to see the mighty Elk male in the prime of his life,  in the breathtaking scenery that Yellowstone Park is, especially when the cool wind ruffles through the dry grass.

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The sunshine that makes his fur golden and  his shoulders seem even broader. His big body and sturdy trot expresses self assured power and dominance. When he moves his head from left to right with the impressive antlers, I can understand why the shamans from ancient times imitated him to mesmerize their people.

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And all of a sudden, he bends his head backwards and his rutting call echoes through the mountains, a prehistoric sound that tells stories of heroics fights, of longing, of the King he is of his harem and his offspring.

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Love and Liefs, Johanna

 

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40 thoughts on “RV Trip Part 5: Elks

    • They are so regal and fearsome…the males were rutting and full of testosteron! The big one with the female on that lawn in the village was even attacking cars! ( it was his harem there;0)) And we were stuck there for hours, 4 rivaling males were right on our hiking path checking out the ‘girls’ and showing of and we politely waited for them to move ;0) The park rangers on the other hand had their hands full with tourists who did not understand that these are really wild animals…

      • Yes, indeed, they are wild and not stuck behind glass or bars. When we were there we watched some stupidity with the bison. Bison with BABIES. Nothing bad happened in that instance, but not because of the humans involved.

  1. More wonderful pictures, and thank you for sharing them Johanna – you surely had a beautifully scenic trip! 🙂

    • They are so regal and fearsome…the males were rutting and full of testosteron! The big one with the female on that lawn in the village was even attacking cars! ( it was his harem there;0)) And we were stuck there for hours, 4 rivaling males were right on our hiking path checking out the ‘girls’ and showing of and we politely waited for them to move ;0) The park rangers on the other hand had their hands full with tourists who did not understand that these are really wild animals…

  2. Majestic is just the right word! They are so handsome–do you think mooses feel like they got cheated, since elk are so good-looking and moose . . . aren’t? Are they just hanging out on the lawn of a hotel?

    • They are so regal and fearsome…the males were rutting and full of testosteron! The big one with the female on that lawn in the village was even attacking cars! ( it was his harem there;0)) And we were stuck there for hours, 4 rivaling males were right on our hiking path checking out the ‘girls’ and showing of and we politely waited for them to move ;0) The park rangers on the other hand had their hands full with tourists who did not understand that these are really wild animals…

  3. You were so lucky to see almost face to face this wonderful and powerful creature,dear Johanna! Your fabulous photos and your vivid accounts enhanced his beauty!His antlers are amazingly long and impressive!Regal,yes,regal is the right word to descibe their vigorous figure and their unique appearance!I so much enjoyed your Elk post,dear friend!Hugs to you & Charley 🙂 xxx

  4. Elk are such beautiful creatures and so BIG! Rutting season is a dangerous time; I don’t understand why some people risk their lives getting too close to deer/elk/moose etc at times like this. These photos are so good!

    • Thank you Clare! I think, people do expect to see wild life so close. Elks see us as part of their habitat in Yellow Stone but that does not make them tame (thank goodness for that!) Some cars got nasty scratches and each year people do get hurt my animals only acting on their instincts…

    • Well, as long as you keep your distance, they are not interested at all. But come to close..we were stuck there for hours, 4 rivaling males were right on our hiking path checking out the ‘girls’ and showing of and we politely waited for them to move ;0) The park rangers on the other hand had their hands full with tourists who did not understand that these are really wild animals…some cars got nasty scratches from those big antlers! We were happy to sit on a wall and watch the ‘circus’ ;0)

  5. What a vivid description accompanies the beautiful pictures. I really connect with this post, and actually this whole series of posts from your trip. Connecting with nature connects us to something so essential within ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing – it really is inspiring. Xo

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