We headed out and on our way to the spot Matt had in mind we spotted six elk in a field next to someone's house. We stopped and watched them. Matt decided to get a little closer so we could get some pictures by driving down a road that said, "AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY". The road ran right along side the field where the elk were grazing. I said, "Maybe we shouldn't." Matt said, "No one will care," and no one did...not even the guy in the truck coming toward us on the private road.
We stopped the car and rolled down the windows. I pulled out my camera and we sat silently watching a scene like none of us had ever witnessed before. See, we were thrilled with the six elk, but as we watched....out of the ravine they came....more and more and more elk. Big elk, baby elk...magnificent creatures each and every one!
The babies stayed close to their moms except one that pranced around in circle as though he/she was looking for attention. One baby nursed as it's mom grazed. Some of the elk wandered over toward our car. We knew they could hear us when we spoke and we knew they could smell us...but they seemed to know we meant no harm.
They continued to come up from the ravine. We snapped picture after picture because we couldn't believe what we were seeing.
A couple of times, one of them would lift it's head, let out a snort and in unison...all of their heads would come up. Once they knew everything was okay, they went back to their dinner.
We sat for a long time...watching....listening...we could hear them chewing...they were that close.
Dusk was upon us and it was time to leave. Matt did his best to count the herd and said he gave up at eighty! At least twenty of them were babies. It was one of the most awesome things I have ever seen.
We didn't get an opportunity to go back, but next time we visit Telluride...you can be sure we'll heading down that private road again!