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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Elk crossing at Grand Canyon

01 Driving E at sunset Hermit Rd SR GRCA NP AZ (1024x767)
While traveling in many western national parks one must watch out for wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.  At Grand Canyon's South Rim elk aimlessly...

22 comments:

RoeH said...

Geez...I'm just amazed at how many people get out of their cars and mosey up to a moose, elk, buffalo or whatever for an up close and personal camera shot. Those legs and hooves on those guys can pack a lethal wallop not to mention what buffalo can do. Tourists!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Goodness that looks like a crowd at a National Park in S.A. looking at lion! Lovely photos though of and animal I have never seen. Diane

Susie of Arabia said...

I still think you have the coolest job in the world... nothing like being up close with nature each and every day!

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

You won't find me that close to an elk! Yikes! I was directing traffic at an elk jam a couple of years ago and was caught between 2 bulls that weren't too happy with each other. I went to the nearest car and asked them to unlock the back door in case I needed to dive in!

dAwN said...

Crazy close. Hope he doesnt have to learn the hard way.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's way too close for my comfort. He has nowhere to hide.

Shydub said...

the cow elk was acting like it owns the road, beautiful shot though

New York City

Nina F said...

I think that the touron with the camera was more than a little stupid to be so close to the elk, and left his common sense at home when he packed for his vacation.

The touron obviously does not know how to use the zoom function on his camera.

stillhowlyn said...

Thanks for these beautiful views of the Grand Canyon in winter, Gaelyn!

Snap said...

I agree with you ... the visitor is a little too close. Big critters!!! Magnificent!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

These pics are fabulous!

simplyred said...

That guy is crazy. I almost said brave but I think crazy is a better description. But at the same time, I'll bet he got some seriously good pictures!!!

(Ms.) Ernie

Firefly said...

When we visit some of our national parks you have lions, elephants and other big animals cross the road between cars like this. You must have seen that in Kruger and Addo.

Ash said...

gorgeous creatures but as is so often the case - such little respect from the human species! We just catch odd little glimpses of roe deer around here, tiny in comparison!

Bibi said...

Love the sky in that first shot. I'd have stayed in my car and used a zoom for the elk. I saw a horrible sequence on Discovery Channel's "I Shouldn't Be Alive" about a woman who got out of her car and up close to a buffalo....can you imagine? I'll bet it's on Youtube...

Ebie said...

I agree, he is too close, and very lucky that he is not harmed, in any way.

High or low, I still see beauty in the Grand Canyon.

Ruth said...

Digital cameras make many people do foolish things. I do like your photos though (taken from a safe distance I am sure)

Just Jane said...

Growing up in Wyoming, we learn early to give wild animals a very wide berth. I was mortified the other day to find videos on youtube of people visiting a grizzly bear sanctuary and squeeing over how friendly and nice the "waving" bears were. *ahem* I'm not kidding. Luckily, none of the videographers got out of their vehicles to say hi.

Elaine said...

What part of trampled doesn't he understand?

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

The sky in that first shot - gasp! Silvery and wonderful. Yeah, that guy is way to close to the elk. My husband would say "evolution at work." LOL!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

hey gaely,, your photos are always worth the look.
i really enjoyed my visit here.

oh my gosh, he's too close... he could have been harmed, poor thing!

gorgeous photos as usual.

xo

Janie said...

The elk didn't seem concerned about the tourists, but the close tourist should have been a bit more concerned about his own well being and that of the elk!

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