After such a long day yesterday we decided to have a leisurely sleep in morning, but were awaken by gobbling Turkeys under our window and Squirrels throwing hard green pine cones onto the roof of the RV. Well I guess it was time to get up. It was a warmer morning with puffy clouds which soon turned into haze. We drove along the southern end of the 18 mile Wilderness Loop Road on our way to Rapid City. We came upon a huge herd of Bison and carefully drove through them. Custer State Park is comprised of 71,000 acres with about 1500 Bison and I think most of them were in this one spot this morning. The bulls get up to 2000 pounds and it is amazing to be right next to them. I enjoy standing through the sun roof taking photos. Once we got through the herd we came upon a bull Elk crossing the road and run up onto a distant ridge, then a hawk flew right next to us and landed in a nearby tree. The elusive Elk number about 1,000 and are oftn found in the southwest end of the park near 87.
This photo is a composite. The Bison was not cooperating and I took a photo of the herd and had to get out of our car about 20 feet, close up and personal to the bull and took his photo. He just stared at me. Then in post processing I put the two photos together, moving the bull over the 20 feet.