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Jasper Elk

I traveled the last couple of days and, as I went through Jasper National Park, I came across these two elk. They were just off the side of the highway and have a full rack of antlers.

This one was by himself eating.

Elk 5

This one was not as cooperative in showing his face.

Elk 7

The shy one decided the grass was greener over in the other one’s pasture and began to move over.

Elk 1

The interloper begins to push the original out of his pasture. You could hear the clash of the antlers and the intruder seemed able to push the first one back.

Elk 6

I was closer to an elk when we were in Yellowstone several years ago. There is a story to the picture I took as I climbed down the embankment into the ditch and a moment later one of the other tourists we were with tumbled down the embankment. I told her it was OK because I thought could run faster than her.

I was probably 50 or more feet away from the ones in Jasper. I was only about 15 feet from the one in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Elk

20 responses »

  1. Beautiful animals…thank you for sharing your photos!! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Such a unique experience and privilege to be up close to these wonderful wild animals. Nice photos too.

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  3. I can’t believe how intrepid you are – getting so close!! These pictures are as amazing as the animals themselves!

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  4. Wonderful to be close to these animals.

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  5. beautiful photos.. Thank you for sharing .
    groetjes, Francina

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  6. Oh that must have been amazing. How lucky you saw it and thanks for much for sharing this piece of heavenly nature at its best.

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  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    So lovely, Ivon :) Beautiful.

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  8. Looks like a peaceful, magical fairy tale. Very beautiful.
    Glad to be back to wordpress after a while to this..

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