Elk calves were at the top of this Rocky Mountain National Park photo trip priority list. However, finding portrait volunteers was quite challenging. Challenge does make success sweeter.
Elk calves spend most of their time bedded, and bedded calves are much harder to find than those up on their hooves. Another challenge was finding the angle to photograph a bedded elk calf. The babies often go down amongst dead trees, brush, and other obstacles, and often, there are no good angles.
The camera angle shown in this image was the only one that worked for this calf, one of only a few bedded calves that were optimally photographable during this week.
Baby animals bring a cuteness factor to images that is hard to beat. So, start making plans to find the babies this spring.
A larger version of this image is available here.