'Tis the Rutting Season
I came upon this herd of elk one afternoon. It was technically past the rutting season, but apparently elk don't read Wikipedia ;^) . It was fascinating to sit there quietly and observe the nervous energy and activity within the heard. There were several bulls, noses high in the air trying to catch every scent and a hint that a doe may be 'ready', actively patrolling/herding the does.
From 2014 In & Around Rocky Mountain National Park