“Time to Leave”
I started the morning of the last day of my fall hiking trip in 2006 with snow in the higher elevations of Yellowstone. I didn't stay long as I'm not used to driving in snow and spent the rest of the day in the lower elevations, finishing the trip watching an elk herd in the Madison area while a steady rain fell. It was October so the rut was winding down and the scene was rather tranquil, this bull nuzzled one of the nearby cows as the rest of the herd lingered nearby. Although it ignored me and the others who watched from near the road, the bull did glance in my direction once while calling out. Fortunately I was ready for the picture as within a minute he laid down to rest. Ten minutes after taking that picture I had to say my goodbyes as it was time to start the long drive back to Oregon.
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