Tag Archives: Elk

The elk herd

Black & white elk herd

11.04.2017

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this photo. I liked that you could see many in the herd but the sky was blah, the foreground was blah, and I almost deleted it. Then I converted the photo to black and white. What do you think? My eye is definitely drawn to those horns! It was fun being out in nature and usually I like a lot of color in my photos. I think this one works for some reason, and, it shows off those bulls.

Enjoy your weekend, make the most of the precious time we have to enjoy nature and friends.

~ melissa michelle

Another adventure

Bull elk posing

10.23.2017

This past weekend I was on yet another adventure – this time to Elk County in PA. We hiked all over the place and enjoyed spectacular views of nature and many elk. This bull elk posed for me before joining his friends to bed down for the day.

I can’t express enough how important it is to get outside and enjoy nature. Of course you must keep your distance when it comes to wildlife (I used a 400mm lens for this shot). Respect nature and she’ll put on a good show for you.

~ melissa michelle

A surprise at Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone

Young bull elk

07.12.2017

I very much enjoyed my visit at Yellowstone National Park. It’s a place everyone should have on their bucket list. I captured this young bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was just laying there, looking at all of us, and occasionally scratching an itch. lol

I’m working through all the photos. I took quite a few! It was certainly a great adventure spending the day at Yellowstone. Make plans to visit soon!

~ melissa michelle

Momma & calf

Calf suckling momma

Calf suckling momma

10.17.2016

A rare sight for this photographer – I got to see a calf nursing on momma. My camera was focused on the bull elk grazing nearby. Sometimes I get so focused on one thing that I miss what else is going on. Thankfully my beau drew my attention over to this magnificent scene.

I’ll share more photos throughout the week. I got some excellent fall foliage photos, too.

~ melissa michelle

Wildlife: Elk

Bull Elk & cow on top of hill

Bull Elk & cow on top of hill

Bull Elk in the wild flowers

Bull Elk in the wild flowers

Elk eating dinner

Elk eating dinner

10.16.2016

This weekend I was out of town (again) – this time visiting Elk County in Benezette, PA (near St. Marys). It was an awesome time! We got there in time to hike a little bit before dusk and spotted a bull elk with his cows. The first and third photos were taken Saturday evening. It was not really my intention to get a silhouette but it turned out that way. Pretty neat. The middle photo was taken today – a handsome bull elk among the wild flowers.

I very much enjoy taking day / weekend trips to see wildlife and visit other places. We live in a beautiful country, folks. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Red Rock & Bighorn National Forest, WY

Enjoy these photos from my recent trip to Wyoming . . . . .

Red Rock, WY (National Register of Historic Places)

Red Rock, WY (National Register of Historic Places)

Herd of Elk in Bighorn National Forest, WY

Herd of Elk in Bighorn National Forest, WY

Bighorn National Forest (colorful rock formation)

Bighorn National Forest (colorful rock formation)

Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest (morning light)

Another view Bighorn National Forest (in morning light)

Another view Bighorn National Forest (in morning light)

With the exception of the first photo of Red Rock, the others were taken from a moving truck through the moon roof. I’m surprised they turned out as clear as they did here. We left early in the morning and the light was spectacular coming up over the mountains. If you ever get a chance to drive through, Bighorn National Forest in northern WY is a great sight to behold.

The first photo at Red Rock was taken from the truck window, we pulled over at a scenic overlook.

I encourage all of you to get out for a drive, look around, and enjoy the views.

~ melissa michelle

A visit to Elk County

A bull elk standing outside a church in Bennezette, PA.

A bull elk standing outside a church in Bennezette, PA

An elk cow with last year's calf

An elk cow with last year’s calf

Bull elk with morning fog behind him

Bull elk with morning fog behind him

Peek-a-boo I see you

Peek-a-boo I see you

Morning fog in Elk County

Morning fog in Elk County

09.20.2015

What a beautiful weekend! I very much enjoyed a couple days away to a place I’ve never been to before – Elk County PA, specifically Bennezette. It was breath taking and exciting hiking around the area to find the elk. I enjoyed using my new lens 100-400mm which got me even closer to these incredible beasts.

It was yet another “firs” I’ve experienced this year. It was another state park to cross of the list – Elk State Forest. And it was a great test for the lens.

I encourage everyone to get outside and experience a “first” this week.

~ melissa michelle