Iconic RMNP Moment

Iconic RMNP Moment

An iconic scene in Rocky Mountain National Park. A bull elk on the slopes of Flattop Mountain with Longs Peak in the background. The Trough Route on Longs looks like it could be in good shape. June 20, 2009
on Jun 24, 2009 1:56 pm
Image Type(s): Wildlife,  Scenery
Image ID: 523984


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BigRob - Jun 25, 2009 12:37 am - Voted 10/10


Great photo. I never tire of looking at elk. They are majestical, strong and smart.


Nelson - Jun 25, 2009 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wapiti

Thanks. He definitely had all of those attributes. He was with a young bull, maybe two years old (?), who he seemed to be protecting. I cropped the young one out of this shot, he was standing off to the right. I felt that this captured the majesty better.


lcarreau - Jun 25, 2009 1:23 am - Voted 10/10

The size of this elk

beats those I saw up at the Grand Canyon.

Hey, at least you captured a mountain in the
background, so I'm giving it 10/10 !


Nelson - Jun 25, 2009 1:37 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: The size of this elk

Thanks. This guy was big. It's nice that the Park Service put him in such a photogenic location!


lcarreau - Jun 25, 2009 8:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: The size of this elk

Yes, don't we all just completely and
unconditionally love the NPS ???

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jul 5, 2009 10:33 pm - Voted 10/10


Yes, truly an iconic scene!


Nelson - Jul 7, 2009 11:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome

Thanks Bob. I've spent a lot of time in RMNP but this was quite the lucky find. I had to move down the trail a bit to get Longs into the frame, but the elk patiently stayed put, not moving off until I had snapped a few shots.


ChristianRodriguez - Jul 15, 2009 2:44 am - Voted 10/10

You did it again



anita - Jul 24, 2009 7:57 pm - Voted 10/10


one of my favorites


Nelson - Jul 25, 2009 8:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: perfect

Thanks, anita. You gone for a while, no? Nice to hear from you, appreciate the comment. Hope all is well.


Nelson - Jul 30, 2009 1:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Out of a movie

Thanks for the comment Lolli. Appreciate it. He was actually hanging out with another, younger elk.


asaking11 - Jul 29, 2009 5:12 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Photograph

This is an amazing shot. I love how you were able to catch Longs in the background.


Nelson - Jul 30, 2009 1:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Photograph

Thanks, it was a lucky deal. My friend was starting to take pictures as we were coming down on to the elk, with just some trees and distant valley in the background. I saw the situation and moved down farther and off to the side before shooting, so I could include Longs.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 26, 2009 4:44 pm - Voted 10/10

I'm Using ...

I'm using this outstanding image on the National Parks list page. Let me know if that's a problem. --mark d.


Nelson - Aug 27, 2009 1:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I'm Using ...

Thanks very much for selecting this photo. Much appreciated. Take care, Nelson


MarkDidier - Feb 20, 2010 9:05 pm - Voted 10/10

A Dynamic Duo!

I'm not sure which is better, the elk or the shot of Longs. Incredible Pic!


Nelson - Feb 22, 2010 2:18 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A Dynamic Duo!

Thanks for your comment! It was a lucky encounter for sure. I had to scramble into the right position standing on some rocks, but the elk cooperated by not moving off until I squeezed off a couple of shots.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Feb 22, 2010 9:57 am - Voted 10/10

is he posing

just for your photo? great capture!


Nelson - Feb 22, 2010 4:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: is he posing

Thanks Liba. Yes, he was posing for me! I tried to get him to do a Virabhadrasana III like your profile photo, but he would have none of it.


winemanvan - Mar 8, 2010 9:47 am - Voted 10/10

good job

excellent photo.

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