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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Elk Showed Their Stuff on Saturday.

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Real Estate Agent

Saturday I enjoyed another photography class with Bob Grytten, and we were lucky enough to have great weather early in the morning, and to be greeted almost at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with quite a few elk. They were grazing and seemed to be posing for us at times.

Many people visit this area to visit the elk, as it just takes about 30 minutes from Maggie Valley to drive up the mountain and reach the entrance of the National Park. Early morning and late afternoon provide the best opportunities to see the elk.

Comments(16)

TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

You are so lucky to be so close. I have at least a 3 hour drive to in order to get there. The pictures are great...

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Apr 18, 2010 09:19 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Michael, thank you!

Apr 18, 2010 09:37 PM
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Wow, Susie. Those are some wonderful pictures. I bet you had a great day taking them. The Smokies are gorgeous.

Apr 18, 2010 10:27 PM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Yes, amazing photos Susie. How fortunate you are to be so close-up to these Elk and the National Park. Looks like you're participating in a great photography class too.

Apr 18, 2010 11:10 PM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

Susie, I agree...the photos are great.  The Smokies are so beautiful.

Apr 18, 2010 11:32 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Great photos Susie, I didn't know elk wore earrings!

Apr 18, 2010 11:35 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Very cool photos Susy. I have not seen you around much in the rain...must have bigger and better things you are doing:)

Apr 19, 2010 12:13 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Susie elk are such impressive animals.  You got some terrific shots of them.  What an exciting thing to be able to do!!  Thanks for sharing...

Apr 19, 2010 02:02 AM
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Great pictures...Thanks for sharing!

Apr 19, 2010 04:00 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Nice photos but the one with the numbers on the ears looks a little be-fuddled. At least the colors match ;-)

Apr 19, 2010 09:59 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Susie, I did not know Elk lived in North Carolina. It's amazing that you were able to be close enough to get these shots.

Apr 19, 2010 03:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What magnificent creatures, Susie. I have only seen them in the zoo, never live. I love your photography - it just keeps getting better and better.

Cheers,

Jeff

Apr 19, 2010 03:25 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Susie, great photos!  I have never gotten that close to wild elk to shoot those type of photos, so I find them really cool!

Apr 19, 2010 05:14 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired

Good Morning Susie, What wonderful photos. I loved Missy's comment about the earrings. Those yellow tags certainly stand out. I would guess it also makes them more difficult to hide. I understand why they have them but somehow it feels intrusive into their lives.

Apr 20, 2010 03:16 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired

Good Morning Susie, What wonderful photos. I loved Missy's comment about the earrings. Those yellow tags certainly stand out. I would guess it also makes them more difficult to hide. I understand why they have them but somehow it feels intrusive into their lives.

Apr 20, 2010 03:17 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Nice pics, Susie! It's always a thrill to see nature up close like this.

Apr 20, 2010 01:39 PM