Wildlife: Rutting season in the mountains

ELK PAIR, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

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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