Resting Elk

photograph of three male elk resting in a meadow in Yellowstone National Park

These three elk bulls relax at the edge of a meadow.  With velvet still on their antlers they seem like three friends, just hang out together.  Once mating season begins their will definitely be more rivalry between them.

Yellowstone Traffic Jam

photograph of a herd of bison taking up the road in Yellowstone National Park

We were traveling north from the Old Faithful area in Yellowstone National Park when we encountered three bison traffic jams in the space of about 1 mile.  The kids thought it was hilarious to watch them walking down the road, holding up traffic.  The bison took their time and would occasionally stop to look at a vehicle as if the cars were out of place.

Meerkat 1

photograph of a meerkat

This meerkat and its friends were digging in their sandy enclosure at the Metro Richmond Zoo when we visited in early April.

River Otter

photograph of a river otter in the water

I was hiking near the James River when I heard a small grunting sound.  The trail I was on crossed over a stream and when I looked to my left a group of 4 or 5 river otters were watching me.  They clearly wanted to cross the trail I was on and seemed annoyed I was in their way.  They stuck around long enough for me to take this photo before swimming back the way they came.

Fawn In The Vineyard

photograph of a whitetail deer

I followed a small group of whitetail deer from quite a distance when they entered a vineyard.  This one seemed almost as curious about me as I was about it.  It allowed me to take a few photographs before disappearing deeper into the vineyard.

Eastern Cottontail

photograph of an Eastern Cottontail rabbitWhile walking down a trail at Deep Run Park, in Henrico County, VA, I saw two Eastern Cottontails feeding on vegetation.  I took a few picutures at a time and then moved closer.  The two rabbits let me get within about 20 yards before they decided it was time to go.