Bull Tule Elk in Velvet, Point Reyes National Seashore

Photo of bull tule elk in lush grass.

It’s Spring and the Living is Easy.

This photo was taken yesterday at Point Reyes National Seashore.  It’s a great time to be out with a camera if you like to photograph wildlife.  Members of the deer family are growing new antlers.  Babies are being born, both predators and prey.  I saw several elk calves yesterday.  Wildflowers are also underway.  If you look closely, you can see lots of douglas iris to go with the cow parsnip.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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6 Responses to Bull Tule Elk in Velvet, Point Reyes National Seashore

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    Great shot, Jim! This bull really has a nice rack going already. I took a hike out Tomales Point over the weekend and encountered a very large herd of males, some with antlers nearly this large and some that look like they’ve just started to grow.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Thanks Pat. The antlers are growing quickly and so are the wildflowers. Unfortunately, the hills are already turning brown.

  2. Alan says:

    Sounds like a great time to visit the area. We have always been too early for the elk babies in Yellowstone. But, with these in our own backyard now, we have no excuse not to visit.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Calving is well underway Alan. I saw 7 calves with their mothers today near the D Ranch. In the groups I saw today not many cows looked pregnant. I think there are a lot of calves that have been born very recently and they’re being kept hidden by their mothers until they get a little bigger.

  3. Nice Jim. You’ve got me realizing it’s been too long since I’ve been out to Point Reyes.

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