18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains during the fall rut

During the elk rut in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, elk can be witnessed near the Oconaluftee entrance of the park. Pictured here, a bull elk ushers the females and some of their young towards the tree line during a misty fall morning.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Cherokee, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Copyright: © Nina Ritchie