Montana Outdoors

March 14, 2010

A search for a trail, surprise #2

Friday’s search for the beginning of an old trail was successful, but equally satisfying was a surprise at the beginning of the descent, when we walked right into this herd of elk, who had been snoozing just over a rise from where we made our ascent. After all of the time spent last fall hunting for them…

Elk

(See if you can find all thirty in the following photo.)

Elk

I especially like the two last summer’s calves at the left side who seem to be discussing the situation.

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April 1, 2008

Elk and buttercups

Filed under: Elk, Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:29 am

During a short trip into one of my favorite areas just a couple of days ago I had an experience that would be a thrill for anyone who loves wildlife.

A couple of miles from the road as I approached a high ridge, slightly to my right I saw four white-tail deer. As I watched them, a movement directly in front of me caught my attention and directed my eyes to a half dozen mule deer. And, as I was looking at them, I glanced at a patch of tan above them on the steep hillside and discovered a group of six elk grazing along there. It’s not often that one can see all three species together and be able to watch them all without taking a step!

A rather fumbling attempt to stalk into camera range of the elk was successful only in spooking the mulies who in turn spooked the elk, and so I came away with no photos of them. I’ll substitute this one taken while hunting in the area last October instead. It’s a hunter’s eye view.

Elk

After effectively spooking all the game in the area I continued up to the top of the ridge where, despite my bumbling, I was able to stalk within camera range of some buttercups, and had to chuckle because I noticed that earlier in the spring they had been fertilized by the elk. An interesting example of the benefits of natural biodiversity.

Buttercups and elk

January 15, 2008

What a place!

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Elk, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:50 pm

Above, elk browse a south-facing slope.

Winter elk

At my feet, a winter stream.

Winter stream

 

Winter stream

Above and to the right of the elk, a big ram surveys his domain.

Winter Bighorn

This is Montana!

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