Awesome Photo ! Giselle is the rock star behind the camera — and we can see her in the side mirror, too. She tells me she did this to prove how close you can get without disturbing the wildlife. This also shows respect to an animal that deserves it!
The elk is standing beside Talbot Lake just east of Jasper. He is sporting 6×6 antlers (ok you hunters, relax).
DID YOU KNOW? Elk are also called “Wapiti” – which is Shawnee for “white rump.” Only males have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. In the summer they are encased in velvet—the velvet protects the antlers as they grow. Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force, and use the velvet in traditional medicines.
Always keep a safe distance away from wildlife.
Keep 30 metres, or 3 bus lengths, away from elk for safety.
Never come between a cow and her calf or between any group of elk — Period.
We invite you to become a member of our FRESH AIR PHOTO club. All you have to do is point and shoot. -Anything showing Mother Nature or her creatures will do!!!