Thanks rdmc.....it was my last night at the Tetons and I was in search of some wildlife. The previous night my twin ran into black bears (cub and mother) and some moose chasing some Elk off. I went back to the same area the next night and there was nothing to be found.
On my way back to camp I found these 2 male Elk eskimo kissing amongst a large herd. We are approaching the rut so these males were likely preparing to face off rather than kissing.
Many thanks OlympicMtnBoy. It is always a pleasure to witness a sunset with some wildlife (the magic hour). Sights like these are why I continue to go to Teton National Park. Happy (marmot) Trails out there.
...but I know when I see two horses acting like this, there's fixin' ta be some nastiness.
What happened next?
Sarah, I'm no elk specialist, but these two guys both look male to me. I may be wrong, but if I'm not, any nastiness here would've been something to see.
Thanks for the comments Sarah Simon. What happened next......they just kept eskimo kissing. At one point they stopped and focused their attension on me insted. I got pictures of their stare and it looked more like perfect mirror image. Had I been there a month later I bet would have seen a fight broke out....maybe next year? Happy Trails out there
Your right marc....they are both males. Too bad they never resorted to any violence (an amazing spectical I hear). A quick couple of eskimo kisses was all that was delt. They must have been lovers not fighters. Happy Trails out there good friend.
I don't like violence, either. I steer away
from it whenever I can.
Maybe instead of "magic hour," it had been
"happy hour," and these two studs had nothin'
better to do than to get HAPPY with one another.
Then again, some things I better left to Mother Nature and your imagination.
I gotta agree with you Larry....maybe they should call it happy hour....I have a whole sequence of pictures that have these guys rubbing faces with one another. After a few minutes they gave me a perfect mirror stare. Happy Trails out there brother of the south.
My trails are always HAPPY, especially during
Happy Hour. Thanks for posting the happy elk
pictures.. now it's time for me to get back
to the lodge.
You are very welcome Larry....and back to the lodge? are you preparing to hibernate for the winter? If you are then this is gonna be one hell of a snow year.
Very sweet - and they are such beautiful animals, these elks!
I agree with you Eric...they are very beautiful animals with different personalities. In Utah there is a herd of 80+ Elk in the Oquirrh Range but the second they see you on the ridge they run like hell. In the Tetons they just stare and act like you are not even there. In the end it was worth spending the twilight hours following this herd....trust me there is nothing quite like that expirence. Happy Trails good friend and many thanks for your comments/vote.
Thanks SenadR....I am glad you like it.
Thank you for sharing.
Standing out in that field for an hour had its rewards. I agree with you about it being a beautiful scene. Some people on the road commented on how I ruined their pictures by being in the way. I told them, "when it comes to wildlife photography its all about location location location so if you snooze, well you loose." It was completely worth hanging out with the Elk...there is nothing quite like watching them.....while among them at the same time. Happy Trails and many thanks for the comments.
I admire your patience, I usually get discouraged quickly when it comes to wildlife photography. After all, I am usually short of time and am heading somewhere with a big pack :) But I would love to try photographing wildlife the other way.
Well in that case....next time you see some wildlife try taking off that heavy pack and see how close the animal will get to you. Who knows???? It might just be the expirence of a lifetime + you never know when you will capture that epic picture. Happy Trails