Passing through Prairie Creek State Park (Newton Drury Parkway) on Old US 101 through the heart of old growth redwood forests, visitors can witness and photograph some of Northern California’s largest land mammals. Roosevelt Elk in this spring bachelor herd are growing their antlers at a very rapid pace. Our featured bull shows the thinning winter coat dropping its silvery under fur as well as the amazing grain detail embedded in the velvet covering his growing antlers.
Feeding along the prairie’s edge along the Old Growth Redwood treeline.
Deep in the prairie grass.
Fall 2013 battle for dominance resulted in this Roosevelt Elk Bull prevailing. Scars of the power struggle included the shattered antler tine on his left beam.
Twenty-three degrees in Elk Meadow is cold enough to put frost across the meadow and coat one of the largest California herds of Roosevelt Elk in ice crystals. Location: Redwood National and State Parks.