Field Notes ed XXII- An examination of the Elk of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
I read this and was immediately taken back to a recent backcountry trip on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. I had seen plenty of moose over the course of my 8 days trekking across the island. But it was the last day and my encounter with a cow and 2 calves. I came around a bend in the trail and there they were, no more than 15 feet away. I just stood there in bewilderment as they just kept on grazing. Mom was kind enough to allow me to film for a minute before she became annoyed at my presence. Her grunts and snorts were my cue to slowly back away and allow the family to finish dinner!!
What a wonderful post, thanks for sharing.
Loved reading this and loved your photos even more.
I'm fortunate to live in Alberta, only 45 minutes from the Rockies. I feel lucky to live so close to this kind of nature. In fact, seeing moose (actual moose) saunter through my neighborhood is a regular occurrence. Nothing can really prepare you for their sheer size up close. They are massive animals!
We don't see any elk in the city but I don't have far to drive if I want to.
Thanks for sharing this!