15 Apr 14 . We've been going up to LaConner for 8 years and always avoiding the weekends to miss the crowds. Apparently so did a few thousand folks today as the workers said the crowds were as large as Sunday's. That, coupled with the weather, simply beautiful but quite windy, kept me from my appointed rounds, that of shooting for creative effects. But I still got about half a 1000 shots, so some material with which to work. For today however we return to Yellowstone and the elk rut. The star in this image had something on his mind that was rather obvious but his friend seemed to be of a mindset of 'maybe later', when the visitors have left. We watched him with his small harem for about 20 minutes, but all the ladies seemed to be cut of the same bolt. As he moved up to what looked to be perhaps 50 feet distant from the cows, they simply moved a bit further distant and resumed breakfast. They are wonderful to observe any time of the year, but the shows you get to attend in the fall are by far the best. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/125 sec @ f / 7.1.