The last evening in September I went back to see the elk and was rewarded with quite a
show as two handsome bulls battled for the cows. They came so close to me I was thinking I’d soon be jumping into my van but the settled on a spot just far enough away so I was not too worried. They moved around quite a bit and engaged 3 times we were able to see.
This is a link to a video on youtube, it includes action and sound of the bugling
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I arrived at the Mammoth Hot Springs campground late Wed. afternoon. Since it was a clear night I decided to drive up to the Upper Terraces, above the hot springs to see if I could see the Aurora. Yes! The Milky Way was also visible.
One of the things discussed with a good friend was how unique it would be to photograph the hot springs with the Milky Way above them. On Wed. night that opportunity was at hand. The ambient light did a fine job of lighting the hot springs, the steam clouds make them a bit blurred, but add to the effect.
The Elk are in rut and often seen right in the campground. This bull and his harem were right near my trailer and I was able to get some wonderful images.
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