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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bull Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park

I waited for about 10 minutes for this Bull Elk to show himself. His harem was foraging within 15 feet of the road but he hid in the underbrush. The wait was definitely worthwhile to see this magnificent creature emerge from hiding.

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Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Estes Park, Colorado, United States of America
Copyright: © Lawrence Mitchum