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Friday, September 28, 2012

Elk bugling (le brame du cerf)

Beep beep beep beep . . . The alarm goes off at 4:45 AM. Time to get up, grab a quick breakfast, and jump into the car so that we can be in Rocky Mountain National Park before dawn. It's the mating season and the bull elk are competing for females. It's quite a spectacle as you can see and hear below. Well worth getting up in the middle of the night.

Father and son
A large bull watching over his harem
This young male is too small to compete

Sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park

Dawn breaking on Longs Peak


  1. Stunning pictures! Another beautiful example of how I live/learn through your pictures and prose! Jan

  2. Dramatic, I remember seeing some bugling during one of our joint national park ventures!