The earth tones of the elk set against a backdrop of mountains and snow may even be more picturesque than that of the early autumn foliage present during the rut.
This image was taken in the morning while hoar frost still covered the vegetation.
When the herd moved near the road in late evening this husky 7x7 posed in the fading light.
Aside from the beauty of the winter countryside another plus for winter elk photography is the lack of crowds. During the day we spent in the vicinity of the Gilbert Viewing Area we only encountered two other carloads of elk viewers and with the cold wind sweeping the hill they didn’t stay long.
On the minus side the cold temperatures can make long photo sessions uncomfortable and must be dressed for. However uncomfortable the conditions may be, the images of these magnificent animals in winter are well worth the effort.