Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NATURE NOTES - Mother Elk and Baby Crossing River

August 26th, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.  

We leave our hotel in West Yellowstone and drive the short distance to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  We have now driven 4,774 miles since leaving home on our road trip.


We have seen many wonderful sights in the park and seeing three elk crossing the shallow part of a river was one of them.  There was mother elk and two young ones.  I wasn't sure of the family dynamics but I thought that the three were mother and her 'toddler' elk, with the second being an older offspring.


We came across them at 10.00 a.m.  Mother elk wanted to cross the the river.  She went first while the baby waited.  Every step of the way she seemed on alert, warily looking in each direction.  Once she had crossed, the baby followed her.  When her baby was safely across, the third followed them and they disappeared into the trees.   This is the sequence of events that I tried to capture in my photos.


You can see quite clearly that she has been fitted with a radio collar. Her children had not.



She stopped.....



looked around....


and continued wading the shallow water.


One of the baby's ears seemed to be pointed in the direction of its mother.


Mother is almost on the other side but she is still listening for any sign of danger.


Baby gets the signal to cross.....


and follows.








Safely over....


and now it is time for the other young elk to cross.




Brilliant, Nature at its best!


I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes which you will find here.  Thank you for hosting this lovely meme Michelle.  





27 comments:

  1. That was so beautiful to watch. Nature at its very best. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. You definitely should submit this post to the newspaper. Amazing to see!

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  3. Awwwww....how darling, Denise!!! Thank you so much for sharing this precious moment. :)

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  4. Ooh and aah. Again. That was very, very beautiful.
    What threats are they likely to face? Other than people.

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  5. Denise, what a cool sight to see. Watching the momma with her two baby elks. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

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  6. Being able to sit a while and watch animals in the wild and record such moments must be one of the highlights of your trip as well as the changing landscapes, culture and meeting interesting people along the way.

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  7. What a wonderful experience, Denise. I'm so glad you managed to take those 'descriptive' pictures. Well done.

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  8. What a wonderful glimpse into wild life behavior!

    Pearl

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  9. Excellent post and story to go with pics. I forgot to say a few days ago...love the new header! It's a wowser for sure.

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  10. Hi Denise Brilliant series of shots and so endearing!!

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  11. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and didn't make me cry like the nature shows on PBS where baby is always eaten by a Lynx or some other critter. Dianne

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  12. This post is sheer perfection Denise! Wonderful sequence, perfect photos and it is just so lovely to think about the mother instinct in nature. I love this.

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  13. I love an happy ending unlike some of the nature shows where there is something lurking in the water. How sweet this family is. I wonder who is tracking Mom and why..great post Denise...Michelle from Nature Notes..

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  14. Nature is the best show on earth !
    I say that a lot .
    Thanks so much for the share

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  15. What a wonderful capture -- thanks for sharing.

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  16. Lovely sequence of photos and what a treat to see this beautiful family.

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  17. That is a great sequence Denise. How wonderful.

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  18. You witnessed such a beautiful happening! glad you clicked them. Great series.

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  19. You sure are seeing a LOT of wildlife. What fun!

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  20. I enjoyed your series of pictures.

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  21. Only a word wonderfull ;wonderfull, greeting from belgium

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  22. Have a nice weekend, here in Belgium, rain came back, cold greys weather.

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