It makes my heart sing to see them as I drive, ride my bike, or hike near our house. They spend many days within a quarter mile of us.
They are one reason why I never leave my house without a camera. Who knows when they'll be hanging out with our snowy mountains in the background?
Some big bull elk are still hanging out the herd. This guy arrived with a BIG harem of cow elk back in October. He kept up his "rut season" bugling until late November.
He's not huge by Rocky Mountain National Park standards (where elk cannot be hunted) but he is big for our area where elk are heavily hunted.
In November, the herd visited a pond where I have a trail camera. They rushed past the camera but they made amazing sounds when they stopped near it. The bull bugled and the mother-calf pairs mewed back and forth. Some of their vocalizations remind me of whale sounds.
I made a short video so that you could hear the herd. I hope that you have time to enjoy it!