I previously mentioned that on our first night in Rocky Mountain National Park, we just missed the sunset over Rock Cut, but that there was a silver lining. These elk were that silver lining. Right after leaving Rock Cut, we saw dozens of these guys grazing the tundra. We had already seen a couple elk earlier in the day, but after seeing nothing but Pika on the tundra, it was pretty amazing seeing a herd of elk foraging right as the last of the sunlight disappeared from the tundra. It was the perfect way to end a great day in the park.
This is my first update here in about a week, and I apologize for that. I normally edit photos on the weekends, but constant traveling on the weekends has made this difficult. I suppose the good news is that I have a backlog of photos from Atlanta, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati from the last few weekends. The bad news is that I’m heading to Yosemite National Park this weekend and San Francisco the following week (technically, San Francisco both weekends, as I fly into San Francisco to get to Yosemite), so things don’t slow down for me until the beginning of March! Just the same, I’ll make more of an effort to get some photos edited so I can post something here on a daily basis.
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Photographed with a Nikon D700 and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. Straight-forward processing here, although the photo was a bit intentionally overexposed to make the elk stand out. Finishing in Photoshop CS6 was just a minor curves adjustment.
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