Winter on Winslow Hill can be hit and miss in regard to seeing elk. While in years past we have seen large herds in the winter but more often than not there are small groups and usually cows and calves. I do recall a couple years ago in February way back in the Saddle area witnessing an incredible stampede with 200 plus elk. I did video that stampede and to this day it still entertains me when I watch it.
Just a week ago we visited Winslow Hill with high expectations of seeing some of the big remaining bulls that survived the 2012 Elk Hunt. By the way, I use the term (Hunt) loosely and with tongue in cheek. We had to work very hard to see anything at all and when we did they were cows and calves as there were no bulls to be found. As we photographed these cows and calves we were once again reminded that it doesn't have to be a mighty bull to make a good subject. We were also reminded that the lack of beautiful blue sky and gorgeous background shouldn't stop a photographer from pressing the shutter. A stark lackluster background and gray sky can still lend itself to a decent image. Gently falling snowflakes can be that last ingredient needed to capture a nice picture that you almost passed up. Sometimes what is present within the viewfinder is much more desirable than what you viewed with your normal vision.
Possibly next years Christmas Card
Always keeping a weary eye for danger
Life moves on in the dead of winter
You captured the elk in winter perfectly. The last one is priceless.
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