On this early foggy morning I found myself sitting in the middle of a large herd of elk. Since I was there when the fog began to lift the animals didn't seem bothered by me. I on the other hand was a bit concerned by how close I was to an enormous bull. As the fog lifted I became aware of the identity of this large bull. Sure enough this was "Ear Hook" probably the toughest bull on the hill. The day before he had done battle in this same field and I would imagine some of the cows present today were the result of yesterdays battle. He's a huge intimidating animal with a very noteworthy characteristic. He's got one tine on his left side that curls around in front of his ear. That would be an awesome find come shed time. We'll be looking for it for sure.
The other thing that stood out on this foggy morning was the sight of a small calf with the herd. This calf was way too small for this time of the year. I come to learn that this calf was born in mid August which is quite late in the year. We hope he's strong enough to endure a hard winter. I shot a few pictures that really show the contrast between Ear Hook and the baby. We call this Big and Little. I'm sure you'll see why. One of the images show what I like to think as the family with Daddy, Mommy and the little guy. While I'm not certain if that cow mothered this calf, she sure seemed to keep an eye on it.
The final picture shows a head shot which really gives you a grasp of how he got his name. Hope you enjoy Ear Hook, Momma and baby.