The two young elk were more curious than concerned when they noticed me on the first Sunday in August. They were having a quiet moment by a tree in the corner of the field near the road.

There are at least 5 elk in the park. I have seen 2 males and 3 females. There might be more. They don’t stay together like the bison do. The older male has an impressive set of antlers. He hasn’t been near enough for a photograph yet.

Two young elk at Jester Park, Iowa, August 6, 2017.

Two young elk at Jester Park, Iowa, August 6, 2017.

Two young elk at Jester Park, Iowa, August 6, 2017.

Two young elk at Jester Park, Iowa, August 6, 2017.

A young elk at Jester Park, Iowa, August 6, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.



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23 Responses to Curious

  1. zirah1 says:

    Wow, how interesting the antlers are, especially the part close to the head, on that one young elk. Nice pics, feels like a serene setting to be part of.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! It is very peaceful outside in the early morning. 🙂 The elk were quietly eating and wandering around and, luckily, they wandered near the fence where I could see them. 🙂 They have been far away most of the times I have been there this summer.

      The antlers are very interesting. The older male has many more branches to his antlers. They grow new antlers every year. I am hoping to see the older male close enough for a photo before he loses his antlers. I need to work on my “elk whisperer” skills. So far, he hasn’t responded to my suggestions that he pose for a photo. 🙂

  2. Such beautiful photos of the elks… very interesting write, Sarah. 🙂

  3. Shady_Grady says:

    Those are impressive pics. You’ve gotten so much better as a photographer. I feel as if I was there.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked the photos and felt like you were there. 🙂 It was a beautiful morning and the elk were being friendly or at least they tolerated me enough to stay close by.

  4. birdlady612 says:

    Stunning photos. Do you ever see Moose?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 I don’t live far enough north to see moose here. I would love to one day. 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Diane 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 The elk were having a quiet moment on a peaceful Sunday morning. I felt very lucky to be watching them.

      Sunday is my favorite time to be out on adventures. I was out early this morning watching the butterflies, the birds and admiring the still blooming flowers. It is past the peak of the Monarch migration through here. I went out as many times as I could last week to watch them. Their wings are so pretty in the light and the shadow changing shades of yellow and orange as they flutter about. I only saw one this morning. Thunderstorms are expected tomorrow and the next day so he might be the last sighting of the year. I will probably go out early on Wednesday morning to check again.

      • Please take more pictures if you can. I love nature!

        • Sarah says:

          I love nature, too. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂 I am going to take flower photos this week if the butterflies have gone. I didn’t take as many flower photos over the summer as I would have liked. There are still pretty flowers blooming in the butterfly garden. Most of the wildflowers have gone to seed. I will also be keeping a watch for migrating birds. Last year, I saw a couple of new-to-me birds who were migrating through the area. My Mom visited two weekends ago. We went to a butterfly house in a garden by the Iowa State campus which is a 2 hour drive north of here. It was fascinating and wonderful. I plan to visit again at least once before the snow falls to take more photos. It is open year round and heated. The butterflies are from all over the world. I am not much for winter driving so I will go back before the snow returns. I should have lots of photos to brighten up the winter. 🙂 I am working on a post of a new-to-me bird right now. I managed to spend the day outside, though, instead of in front of the computer so I haven’t finished it yet. 🙂 It is the time of year when I want to spend all of my time outside because I know that soon it will be cold and quiet and the birds and the flowers will be gone. I have to fill myself up with the fresh air and sunshine so I can make it through the winter. 🙂

  5. D says:

    I am impressed! 😍

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 This is one of my favorite sets of photos from the last year. I was really lucky to be at just the spot to watch the two young elk have their quiet moment. 🙂 It was a beautiful morning with gentle light.

      • D says:

        You were lucky to catch such beautiful photos and also to have seen it in person. ❤

        • Sarah says:

          Early mornings are my favorite time to be outside. I always see something that takes me breath away. This was an extra special experience. I was whispering to them as I took their photo…. “Just stay still for a moment. Thank you!” 🙂 ❤

          • D says:

            I wish I could witness these beautiful moments as you do ❤.

            • Sarah says:

              I am thankful there is so much nature here to experience. It inspires me. ❤ These elk live in a park which is about a 40 minute drive. It is a very pleasant place to visit and I go there often. There is another garden a little closer and there are trees and small gardens in the neighborhood. I can see a line of trees out of my apartment windows. They are visited by birds even in the winter. This morning, I was listening to a flock of chickadees calling back and forth. 🙂

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