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Young Elk bull weathers a ground blizzard

One for Wapiti Wednesday and a throwback to mid-September. At lower elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park, conditions were mild and pleasant. However, as I neared the top of Old Fall River Road, the weather conditions changed considerably.

At first it was just a few snowflakes but soon I was seeing accumulated snow on the ground, the temperature plummeted and the winds picked up. Near the top, just below the visitors center, a number of elk were hanging out including this young one.

The winds created near whiteout conditions and in fact, actually resulted in Trail Ridge Road being closed for a time stranding me on the wrong side of the park! It was quite an experience but kind of fun in a way.

A young bull Elk rides out a ground blizzard in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young bull Elk rides out a ground blizzard in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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