My new neighboor - the Elk
If you happen to remember this photo >> then you will know that I was speculating about this young elk. Was she establishing herself in the area around my mountain cottage or just a bypasser?
Seing her this weekend, 3 months after her first visit, I'm sure she is 'living' here and just waiting for a handsom elk bull to come along and share her life around our cottage.
It's just a matter of surviving the hunting periode starting early October. I'm sure all of you cross your fingers for the elk lady as I do.
Should I spot her again - you'll sure be updated.
I think the distance for this shot was some 50-60 m, and I had to talk a little to her so she would face the camera. After the photo she continued digging in some fresh branches and grass.
BTW: The position of her ears tells me that she is not afraid or aggressive. The ears is straight up and should she feel unsecure or become annoyed the ears would have been flat along her head (and I would not have been that close to an animal with a weight of ca. 500kg and able to run at max 50km an hour).
A more direct shot in the WS
(Pls. have in mind this is no reservation or nature park - just ordinaire daily life in this part of the country..)
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Buin (42460) 2008-09-15 4:08
Yes, I remember your first photo about this elk. Meanwhile she obviously becomes more and more acquainted with your neighbourhood. She really somehow looks friendly and she seems to smile a bit. Perhaps she knows that shooting with the camera isn't dangerous for her at all - and she is a female model ... ,-)
Greetings from autumnal cool Germany!
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-09-15 7:17
Excellent, excellent picture. The moment you got it, in the middle of nowhere, how the elk is in its natural park is lovely!
mortijo (12828) 2008-09-15 8:36
Good nature shot Jack. You have a new carreer ahead of you...teh Elk Whisperer. .-)! I'll keep my fingers crossed.
By the way, I didn't see one single elk during my travels through Norway. Lots of reindeer, but no elks.
I loved every bit of my journey and I am sure to come back.
maltese (22873) 2008-09-15 9:20
Je n'ai pas réussi à voir des élans en Norvège, mais enfin cette erreur est réparée ;o))
pas facile de pouvoir prendre cet animal en liberté, on le voit surement plus souvent sur les panneaux routiers que vrai!!
Beau travail Amicalement
jhm (150812) 2008-09-15 9:22
I am very glad you see again with your new neighbour, the elk lady, I cross my fingers for the elk lady, together with all animal dabblers on TE.
It's a wonderful lady, perhaps something to tame for this hard world, I hope that the hunters her not find.
Very well done, TFS.
ktanska (27250) 2008-09-16 0:49
Nice to see this comeback. Angle and composition are excellent. Light and distance makes this technically less spectacular. Which only make me respect more of those serious nature photographers of Nordic countries. Spending days and nights in hides with top equipment. And that's more difficult here than in Africa, that has open savannah, and animals that are used to crowds of visitors of nature reserves.
ChrisJ (111674) 2008-09-16 1:19
An unusual new neighbour in the elk. Well framed with good sharpness & diffused light. Tfs!
rey316 (24) 2008-10-21 4:52
Jag tycker mycket om Älgar!
- Copyright: Jack R Johanson (jrj) (34843)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF 70-300 G
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 3:15