21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Along the Oconaluftee River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reintroduced elk occasionally cross and get a drink. This young bull was alone during rut season and likely thirsty from the regional drought.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Cherokee, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7R
Copyright: © Casey Lance Brown