Labor Day Our (Maggie and me) late evening return from the visit to Tipsoo Lake brought with it a very pleasant surprise in my first sighting of an elk in Mt Rainier National Park, and only the second time I've ever seen elk in our Cascade mountains, although they flourish there in the thousands. I would have missed the entire viewing had it not been for a small jam up of vehicles on the side of the road forcing us to come to a crawl. That provided for ample and safe time to have a gander at what everybody was looking at along the road's edge. It turned out to be a rather large Bull Elk, a 6 point on this coast and 12 point on the east coast, that was having a late evening browse in a very lush wetland area. While you couldn't see the water - he was standing in a wet area reaching up to his belly - you could hear him slosh through it as he left the "easy" viewing area. Easy meaning that if you made it to the very edge of the shoulder of the road, and crunched down between the tree's low hanging branches, you had a slight chance to get a few shots. By the time I had managed to frame something minimally acceptable, and get off 2 frames, he wandered off to the right and up a bit of a grade almost completely out of sight from where I was parked. It truly was tripod time, but there wasn't time to set it up and he was moving his head to and fro munching on the succulent grass at a rate that would have rendered a long exposure a blur anyway. I grabbed my two frames as best I could and drove off. One was completely useless, and this one was barely acceptable. To give you an idea of the lighting conditions, look at the exposure data. I was VERY fortunate to get what I did. I've cropped away the greater part of the original, but otherwise it is pretty much straight from the camera. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/13sec hand held.