Although we didn’t make it to The Homeplace or Woodland’s Nature Station (a few of our other favorite stops) on this particular trip, we did spend a great deal of time in the Elk & Bison Prairie.
Like I’ve said before, I never want to leave the prairie and this time was no exception.
For just $5 a vehicle, you can ride around the prairie as many times as you want (until they close, of course) and riding around frequently and slowly is the key to seeing as many of the residents as possible. Another tip of the trade – we tend to have the best luck in the late afternoon hours to early evening.
We normally see a lot more bison than elk but, on this particular trip we saw A LOT more elk than bison. A LOT more. Seriously, these beauties were practically everywhere we looked.
In a few pictures, I tried to include our vehicle’s rear view mirror in the shot so you could get an idea of just how close you can often get to these amazing animals.
We also saw a great number of turkeys this trip and I even saw an eagle – which elicited such a squeal from me it’s a wonder the elk didn’t run and hide. As luck would have it, my camera was “down” when I spied the gorgeous eagle soaring above our car but it was just as well. Since I didn’t have to worry about photographing him (her?), I had time to just simply take it all in and thank God for making such a beautiful world.
And I did just that.
I’ll post more pictures of the prairie, and the turkeys (of course!) tomorrow. I promised the elk this post would be all about them and I have no intention of breaking my promise. Can you imagine the bad karma in that?
Enjoy the pictures and, better still, plan a trip to the Land Between the Lakes and the Elk & Bison Prairie S-O-O-N!