07 Sep 16. On a morning outing searching, successfully, for bear, we rounded a bend in the road and only accidentally noticed we were being observed by a herd of cow elk. I stopped the SUV and quietly and slowly got out to take a few shots. These gals never stopped watching me while I was shooting and continued to do so as we drove away only a short distance to shoot bear. We got to observe them for better than a half hour all the while with them intent on watching to see what we were doing. You can see 10 in the capture, but in total the herd was closer to 20 in size. It really was fun watching them watch us and I can honestly say we've never experienced anything quite like this before with a herd of wild elk, although we can observe many more bison with their calves daily around the condo. Considering the size of this herd we were surprised not to see any calves. In fact, we didn't see a single elk calf during the 10 days we were visiting this past spring.
I cropped the base image a little to achieve the best composition, added a tiny amount of contrast, and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 250; 1/500 sec @ f / 9.