Uprooted Magnolia

Deep in the Forest

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 13, 2011

Still working on my Seasons project, we hiked into an area I hadn’t explored yet. And I could swear I saw Sleeping Beauty in the distance.  This forest was absolutely gorgeous like how I imagined as a kid when mom read me fairy tales. But since neither one of us can claim to be Prince Charming, we didn’t go wake her.

The trails were made of wildflowers and green grass.

We passed probably a hundred cocoons waiting for the right moment to release the butterflies.

We sat right here waiting for something that Patrick saw in the distance. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

Two bull Elk were leaving the canyon to climb higher. We were probably 40 feet from them. This is the closest I’ve ever been to Elk in the wild. Their antlers are just now getting started, still in the velvet. We were so close we could see bugs flying around them. It was breathtaking.

But they weren’t as thrilled with seeing us. This one performed a very rude gesture before turning and running up the next hill.

Aside from that, this evening hike turned out to be a very successful shoot.

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  1. thephotomatch said, on June 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Those elk are magnificent!


    • leahyetter said, on June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      It is such a sight to see when you’re that close to them. They are huge creatures. Pictures don’t do them justice.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  2. Lenore Diane said, on June 13, 2011 at 11:37 am



  3. melissakoski said, on June 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Great photos- and what an awesome sighting!!. Does Patrick hunt?


    • leahyetter said, on June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks Melissa! Yes he is a hunter. Mostly of lions but his eyes are trained to see all wildlife out here. Animals have to tap me on the shoulder before I see them.


  4. bagnidilucca said, on June 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Great shots. Did a pllsst sound accompany the tongue poke?


  5. Stephanie said, on June 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love these! I can hear the elk totally giving ya’ll the pllsst sound while sticking his tongue out at you! Fabulous!!


  6. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on June 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Yea for close elk sightings! What a handsome fellow. I’m sad to be missing all the beauty of Wyo this time of year.


  7. Watching Seasons said, on June 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    What an otherworldly looking place!


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