Viewpoints – My {Morning with the Cataloochee Elk} View

I’ve heard about the elk in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky National Park for years and I’ve seen pictures of them online or in the newspaper, but I’ve never seen them in person myself.  When word was out that the fall mating season had begun, a photography group I’m in planned an early morning field trip last week.

So the alarm was set for 5:30am in order to depart the house by 6:00am.  It’s an hour and a half drive from the house, with the last half hour on a winding, twisty gravel road, one of which if you didn’t know it was the right road you might just turn around because you thought you had missed a turn.

Soon a sign indicating we were entering the GSMNP let me know we were almost there.  Just a little bit further and through the gates and there was the first bull elk!

Several cars were already parked on the side of the road and photographers were snapping away.  This elk kept his nose to the ground though, so after a few minutes we got back into the car to search for more.

We didn’t have to go far to spot multiple elk in the fog covered valley.  From there it was just a wonderful show of nature listening and watching the bulls and the female cows interact.  What a wonderful morning!

Here are just a few of my favorites…

 

Viewpoints is collective blog consisting of members who love landscape photography. This month is no exception to the beauty that surrounds us in this world.  My very talented friend Kristen Ryan of Kristen Ryan Photography is next in line.  Follow the circle around to see her view this month.

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