Wildlife: Rutting season in the mountains


Rutting (mating) season will soon be underway among the elk living in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. It’s an exciting (if slightly dangerous; the males become quite aggressive) time for wildlife watchers, because the elk seem so much more visible, often gathering in large groups – and often, in places where they can be watched by us humans.
I made this photograph in the campground where my wife & I were staying near the Jasper townsite. The goal was to keep distracting white sky out of the picture; glad I pulled it off. If I recall correctly, I hand-held a telephoto lens, fully ‘opened’ at F 2.8, in order to make this photograph.

Click on the picture for a larger view.

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