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Why Did the Elk Cross the Road?

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 16 July 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Elk series

A cow (female) elk heads across to the shady side of the meadow.

NIKON D5000 1/250 second F/6.7 ISO 400 165 mm (35mm equiv.)

Leo from Bakel, Netherlands

Now I know why they bull bars on the car. very nice.

16 Jul 2012 7:35am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Because the grass was greener on the other side?! Excellent capture.

16 Jul 2012 9:36am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

To get to the other side, of course. :-)) Great shot, Barbara!

16 Jul 2012 11:11am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great shot, I'm starting to get the feeling that they're pretty comfortable with humans around them.

16 Jul 2012 11:22am

@Curly: Some more than others. As long as no one gets too close or makes noise or movement they are tolerant. In the fall during the rut it's a different story.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Because she could! Beautiful light here Barbara! ;-)

16 Jul 2012 11:31am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

There is a super cool buck on the other side with a picnic lunch all spread out under a nice shade tree?

16 Jul 2012 12:22pm

@J.R.: ;-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Because the road crosses their territory i suppose... but it's dangerous for them !
Lovely light.

16 Jul 2012 1:33pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I have seen many of those - dangerous - but a nice picture.

16 Jul 2012 3:19pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful light. Great shot. Love it. :)

16 Jul 2012 4:57pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

To show off her beautiful hips!!

16 Jul 2012 5:03pm

@Denny Jump Photo: ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

love the light on this one ...have a good week :-)

16 Jul 2012 5:04pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Yup, just because she's female and in charge! ;D
Wonderful light and a great PoV!

16 Jul 2012 7:40pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks. Good answer. I agree. ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

She stands out nicely in the sunlight. I love how you've captured the pointing hoofs as if she is prancing across the street.

16 Jul 2012 8:19pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
Beautiful colors & lights!

16 Jul 2012 10:40pm

Tara from Los Angeles, United States

To get to the other side!!!! Nice shot with lovely lighting!!!

16 Jul 2012 11:12pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful light! Looks like she doesn't have a care in the world with that piece of straw hanging from her mouth.

16 Jul 2012 11:41pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

the ultimate question!!

17 Jul 2012 12:10am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

For the same reason the chicken cross the road..huh!..mystery...nice shot

17 Jul 2012 11:51am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Love the way the light is on her. Is this early morning?

17 Jul 2012 12:16pm

@Joyce: It was late in the evening, and she had been resting in a sunny meadow. Another elk came out of the trees across the road in the shade of the mountain so she headed over there.

1/250 second
ISO 400
165 mm (35mm equiv.)