Nose To Nose

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  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Lens: Unknown 604 mm
  • Focal Length: 850mm
  • Shutter: 1/800 sec
  • ISO: 2010
  • Aperture: F/5.6

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This Photo's ID: 4892

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This was captured shortly after I drove into Yellowstone from Gardiner.

Normally, expectations tend to be low as you make the 5 mile or so drive from Gardiner to Mammoth, but today would prove an exception to that rule.

As I drove along, admiring the freshly fallen snow, I rounded a corner and spotted a group of elk congregating in an area known as the “Chinese Gardens”. I wasted no time maneuvering the truck into a suitable pull off and nearly jumped out with my camera at the ready.

At first it was a struggle due to the low light, but as the sun has a habit of doing, it made its way higher into the sky and began to illuminate the blanket of clouds above, creating a nice, soft light.

The bull was busy making his rounds, keeping his harem in check and busily retrieving any wayward cows that strayed too far. His occasional bugle would announce his location to the harem and – hopefully – ward off advances from rival bulls.

I watched as the bull approached one of the cows – he strutted with a confidence that only a large set of antlers can engender. As he approached, she seemed a bit undecided about what to do; at first she appeared as if she would bolt from his advances, and then she changed her mind at the last minute. The bull almost seemed surprised at this and slowed his approach a bit. Before long they were nose to nose, making a careful olfactory inspection of each other, while I snapped away so I could share it with you.

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4 Responses to Nose To Nose

  1. Shirley Coffman says:

    I truly appreciate your art. Physically I am unable to get out in nature as you
    do. Thanks for sharing. Shir

  2. David Woods says:

    Timing is everthing.

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