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Trail Ridge Pastoral II

I decided to rename this Trail Ridge Pastoral II ... I remembered that I had a previous shot of a pair of elk a bit down from this point .. and the elk and light do have a pastoral effect on this mood for me.

Another image on our recent trip up Trail Ridge Road. Moving up in critter size from the marmot of a couple posts back.

I see elk up here in the summer fairly often .. especially in the evening.
I don't know how wildlife people do it .. I find them not very cooperative subjects ..

ruthlessly pasted from some of my previous posts:
Trail Ridge road is one of the premier attractions of RMNP. Eight miles of the road are above 11,000 feet (3,353 meters) in elevation. One of the most stunning drives I ever experienced.

One of the most common animals in Rocky Mountain National Park is the North American Elk or Wapiti ... The elk were hunted to near extinction in the area then reintroduced in 1913. By the time of their reintroduction most of their natural predators had also been hunted to extinction and the elk have now almost taken over .. the population in Rocky Mountain National Park ranges from 1,000-3,000 depending on the season.

These are pretty large animals they can range up to 1100 pounds (495 kg) and five feet at the shoulder.
http://www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/elk.htm

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