Last weekend my buddy Ian and I went to Point Reyes to check out the elk during rutting season, and go camping. When we arrived on the Point Reyes Peninsula, we came across a lot of cows, a juvenile Coopers hawk, and finally, a couple of buck elk. Unfortunately, they were too far away to get a good picture of and not in an accessible area. After admiring the animals from a distance our excitement kept us driving along, to hopefully cut them off (it looked as though they were heading for the road ahead). As we drove along, Ian noticed a female run across the back of our vehicle. We stopped and I snapped a couple of bad shots. We then looked to the left and saw she was running towards her herd. Again they were too far, although I was able to get a photo of the herd (pictured above) next to the ocean. We arrived at the parking area and hiked along, looking for elk in good light to get some photos of. We finally came across three young bucks with antlers not big enough to be intimidating to the mature males. As we began walking back to our vehicle a large buck stood near the trail along with his harem of females. We spent around an hour with the heard, snapping away under a falling sun, giving us good light. The photo above is the seven point buck bugling. It was both exciting and intimidating photographing such an amazing animal. Every once in a while he would turn towards me, and I would try to make myself look as non threatening as possible. Luckily both Ian and I were able to get close enough without getting trampled. That night we slept under stars and woke up constantly, to the beautiful sound of coyotes yipping and yapping away.