Olympic National Park / Roosevelt elk

Doing a photoshoot at the pumpkin patch + picking out a pumpkin is something I and my family do every year. However this year was a little weird. I found a pumpkin patch on google, drove 20ish minutes to this place, it looked very run down (probably abandoned?) definitely not inhabited whatsoever. So.. no pumpkin patch pictures this year, which is a little depressing.

Instead I took a little scenic drive through the farmland.

There are tons of elk here in the native American reservation & Olympic National park area. Whenever the Roosevelt elk herd is around, every single time, I never seem to have my camera. Yet this time, I finally had my camera with me. I was very stoked. I have always been oddly obsessed with wild animals, they are very intriguing and it’s challenging to find them, let alone photograph them.

I was using my 75mm, Roosevelt elk bulls generally weigh between 700 and 1,100lb, while cows weigh 575–625lb. If these guys come at you, your goners, so definitely don’t try to take pictures of potentially dangerous wild animals without a nice lens. It’s a bad idea.

September is usually rutting season for these guys, but it’s the end of October and the bulls were definitely still chasing each other around.

Elk were once found across much of North America but they were killed off and driven to take refuge in more remote locations. Today they live primarily in western North America, especially in mountainous landscapes such as Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park. Some eastern U.S. states have reintroduced small elk herds into heavily wooded wilderness areas.

That’s a little elk history that I indeed copied off google. I’m super excited that I got to take these photos before the elk eventually started running away from me. I swear I love animals so much, but they never love me back lol.

This grassy meadow is actually right by the beach, and the scenic sky was insane, stormy clouds everywhere. I just love places with such artsy vibes.

Typical PNW weather is back, and honestly I love the rainy days and killer colors. Sequim is quite unique in that there is so many open fields and farms, rainforests along with the ocean and tons of beaches. This unexpected nature trip is proof that you can have killer views, wildlife and cool experiences right in your hometown.

I wish October would stay forever, honestly, it’s such a beautiful, colorful month. I am very excited about Halloween, even though that’s gonna be a little different this year. Dressing up is so fun.

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Sincerely, Sophie Lukin

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