Submitted by Marvin L. De Jong of Ozark
I was in Rocky Mountain National Park last June and one of my goals was to get a picture of Elk as they (sometimes) move into Sprague Lake early in the morning to browse . Sprague Lake is shown in the first photo, and you can see a photographer who is also waiting for the Sun to rise a little more and hopefully get some pictures of Elk in the lake. As an aside, there are many digital photography workshops that work out of Estes Park, CO and they frequently come to Sprague Lake to practice their skills. In any case, I was watching the lake early in the morning and no Elk were showing up, when suddenly, behind me, I heard a noise and the mama and baby Elk in the second photo were behind me almost too close to take a picture. At some point, the baby Elk needed some affirmation, probably because it was afraid of the ugly two-legged photographer, and it touched noses with mama Elk. That's when the picture was taken. Mama Elk then wandered rather unconcerned out into the lake when suddenly baby realized mama was gone. It splashed into the lake to catch up with mama, which is the subject of the third picture. Moments later it was reunited with mama, as seen in the fourth picture.
I think you have a great project going and I hope you get a lot of pictures. I am looking forward to the Ken Burns special, having seen the previews a few nights ago.
Marvin L. De Jong