This photo was taken just off the highest paved road in America, which ends at the Mount Evans summit in the Colorado Rockies. The elk seemed to relish the chilly air at over 12,000 feet (Mount Evans is a "Fourteener"), with a hillside of grass to nibble on.
I love this picture for a few reasons. The vertical trees in the background really gave the slope some perspective, showing how steep the hillside was. They also give some visual depth to the canyon beyond the slope. Though it is common to see elk in herds in the Rockies, it is not often you see so many elk in one place, spread out far wider than a stock camera lens can capture. Typically, you would find a herd of this size in towns like Estes Park, famous for their golf course elk, or perhaps Boulder or Evergreen.
As I slowly hiked down the hill to snap the photo, the herd didn't seem to mind much. Perhaps they were hoping to be my "Photo of the Week" someday. Sorry it took so long...
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Jack Huber has taken tens of thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.