He was still rubbing and working the last little bits off, thrashing the hell out of the willows. I had never seen an elk in the process of shedding his velvet, especially this close (thank you, Canon 70-200mm zoom).
Kinda gross. Kinda bloody. I'll bet it itches something fierce.
Rockin' the bright green Colorado Parks and Wildlife ear piercings too. Girl elk dig that look.
Tom Bradley © 2015