Hi everyone. Happy Saturday. I hope you're starting off the weekend in a good way.
I thought I would share a few more Yellowstone photos with you today as I am making headway as I go through all the photos I took.
Back on T Day a couple of weeks ago I shared some buffalo with you, and today I thought I would share some elk.
We visited during September which was mating season for elk, and when we arrived in Mammoth Hot Springs, one male and his harem had taken over some of the grass near a building.
The rangers with their megaphones were out in full force for protection, and if you dared to step out of your car near this group, you were told to get back into your vehicle.
You could however drive over and park and watch them from your car. That's why you get a bit of car dashboard along the bottom of the photos.
This bull had quite the set of antlers on him. And he a large harem of cows too,
According to the ranger we spoke with across the street and in a safe zone to get out and walk, this area of Mammoth Hot Springs has heritage grass as it is a historical zone. The elk love this type of grass to eat, and that attracts them to this location.
Mammoth Hot Springs originally was Fort Yellowstone. This was back in the day before there were Park Rangers. At this fort, soldiers controlled poaching by arresting those caught doing it, educated early visitors, provided medical care to those who needed it, fought fires and expelled anyone trying to set up a homestead within the park.
On the day we arrived, Mammoth Hot Springs was definitely an elk haven.
Be careful where you step.
And looking back into Mammoth Hot Springs as we headed on our way, you can still see all the elk out in the grassy area.
We also saw another harem later that evening when we stopped to get dinner at the cafe at the Lake Yellowstone housing area. I didn't get as many photos here as it was almost dark, but these elk look more natural in this environment.
Compared to our 2003 trip to this park, we saw a lot more wildlife this time than we had on our first visit. This next photo is terrible as it was on the door of the building where our hotel room was, and I had a lot of reflection, but it always good to keep in mind.
Have a great rest of your weekend. And thanks for stopping by.