They gave me the impression that they were unconcerned with me but this elk's ears told the real story. It's amazing how she could twist them around to listen behind her.
Then, in the part of the herd that was in the shade, I saw some commotion. Suddenly, two cow elk reared up and began sparring. They appeared to be doing something with their mouths in addition to flailing at each other with their hooves.
Sometimes, their hooves actually met, making a loud clacking sound.
Then, as rapidly as their spat started, it ended. Both elk lowered themselves toward the ground.
Then, one trotted away with the other following. Soon, the pair was mixed in with the rest of the herd so I couldn't tell whether they were still bothering each other.
Another cow elk looked on serenely. She's looking good, with luxurious fur, for this time of year.
What an amazing place we get to live!
P.S. I may take some blogging break days in the near future. Don't worry if there's no post for a day or two here or there.