Thursday, November 15, 2012

A perfect wildlife morning

Yesterday was one of those mornings a nature photographer dreams of. I was in Wind Cave National Park near Rankin Ridge at sunrise.

As I rounded a corner I spotted five bull elk very near the road. I grabbed for the camera and started shooting, then realized there were more ahead. By the time I found the end of the group I had counted 35 bulls feeding, fighting and not paying much attention to me.









Just a little further down the road was a herd of over 130 elk and a buffalo.


Crossing into Custer State Park I saw the seventh and eighth coyotes I had found as well. To my surprise not only did they stick around for photos, but they stood still and howled at me!


Thanking Mother Nature for a great morning, I headed for Pierre. She wasn't done however as I also came across a cooperative hawk near the Highway 14 and 34 intersection west of Hayes. What a topper to the day!

6 comments:

Jay Grammond said...

The perfect storm! That must have been thrilling.

Barry Castetter said...

Awesome! Great shots...sounds like a day you won't forget soon.

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks guys. It really was a great day.

Larry said...

A very good day indeed!

Friar Tuck said...

I have yet to see an elk in Wind Cave...maybe I need to get up earlier

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