A bull elk with large horns is a dangerous animal to encounter in the wild, but I was able to get a close look at one (and a photograph) from the safety of my car window. (I also used a 600mm lens, and I was not as close as it appears.).
This beautiful elk was taking an afternoon nap by the roadside in Yellowstone National Park, and he woke up to see a few observers. While we watched him, he barely moved a muscle, except to open his eyes.
Have you ever heard an elk bugle? It sounds like this.
We spotted (and heard) several elk in Grand Teton National Park as well as brown bears, bison, pronghorn and moose. The animals are very active in the Fall. I will continue to post more wildlife as well as landscape photos from our recent trip.