Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tule elk bulls in velvet, Point Reyes National Seashore

Tule elk bulls in late light - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

Two bull tule elk with velvet covered antlers stand in a field of wildflowers along the Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore.

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  1. Wonderful shot, Pat. Could they possible be father and son?

  2. Beautiful Pat. I love the color, light, background and sharpness.

  3. Such beautiful light on those great-looking animals. I definitely love the iris accents too.

  4. Outstanding......... One of your best. I enjoyed the elk when I was in SF. Iain

  5. Thanks, Anonymous! I suppose it's possible since they appear to be different in age. With the mating structure of a just a few dominant bulls for the year producing offspring, it's hard to say who might be related!

    Thanks, Jim! I was able to get the dunes of Dillon Beach across Tomales Bay behind them for these shots. It makes for a far more interesting background than a plain sky in my opinion.

    Thanks, John! I was hoping to find the elk among the wildflowers on this trip.

    Thanks, Iain! It is a real treat to have so much wildlife just a short drive away from San Francisco!