Mary & Dick's Blog

Elk in the Meadow

This afternoon, on my way back from showing some mountain property west of Loveland CO, I was treated to a lovely surprise - a meadow full of elk. Herds are rarely seen at this low an altitude - I'd guess that the extensive loss of habitat to this summer's wildfires has changed their behavior patterns significantly.

They completely ignored the large crowd that stopped to watch them feed. Note toward the end of the video the large male asserting his rank over an uppity younger male - it's pretty obvious who is running the show.

Nature is always on display here, whether it's elk, bald eagles, coyotes - we even have a small black bear causing trouble in our neighborhood. This is why I love living in Colorado.

Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS

Comment balloon 29 commentsDick Greenberg • August 25 2012 05:10AM


What a peaceful sight and the sounds of nature make me take a deep breath.  Thanks, Dick.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 6 years ago

Hi Dick.  That was really just beautiful.   Glad you could capture and share.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Dick that was what about 20+ elks, great find and you can see who the leader was, looked like he was heading towards you:)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 6 years ago

That must have been so delightful to run across this Dick.  I miss living in Colorado!  Sites like this were common every day.  Gorgeous!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 6 years ago

Seeing Elk in the Meadow in real life is an awe-inspiring experience. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 6 years ago

Dick, Living close to nature and having scenes like that one probably makes selling property to transplanting city folks easier.  Who wouldn't want a home with a view of Elk?  But, I'm not sure about a bear.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) over 6 years ago

Good evening Dick. Don't see that around Michigan too much unless you travel. Always love watching our animal friends.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 6 years ago

Good Evening Dick,  You hit on one of my special things, watch wildlife.  Have to love our state.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 6 years ago can hear the wilderness.  This was so much fun.  Thank you!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 6 years ago


What a wonderful change from your usual all business reports.  This is just wonderful when the moment happens and you can capture it. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago

Dick, this is a really great.  But I must admit that I am totally addicted to the bear cam!  That is just brilliant and I'm so glad you brought it to us.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I also heard from a friend that the food up higher in the hills is dry and they are looking for better feed.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 6 years ago

Hi Dick, Thanks for pulling out your camera and sharing this wildlife moment with us, not often that most of us get to see Elk at the edge of a cornfield, or anywhere else.

You are a lucky man and it is so nice of you to share this with us!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago

Love Colorado and Love the widllife here! I too got caught off guard as some horses were so close to the road I almost stopped (yeah I know horses are not wildlife lol) but they are stll beautiful and embody the western spirit!

Peace my friend

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 6 years ago

Dick, There is always a leader of the pack. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Dick, That is a great video, I have never seen elk that unaffected by people!  That is wild elk, usually they scatter once they notice humans around!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 6 years ago

What a treat to witness, Dick.  I love to see things like this.  I guess I'm fortunate to live in the country where herds of deer tend to roam.  It's just such a calming sight to me.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

Good Morning Dick,  one of the greatest things about this area has been the re-introduction of elk into the Great Smoky Mountains.  I loved your video and it reminds me of the many times we've gone into the Cataloochee area of the Smokies early morning or late afternoon.  Hundreds of people line the meadows to watch the Elk.  Not only is watching the Elk a humbling experience but watching the humans all in one place enjoying one common spectacle is precious beyond belief.

Thanks so much for sharing this video.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 6 years ago
Sweet ! Great capture, thanks for sharing it. I love spotting animals in my travels,
Posted by Cindi Susi (Keller Williams Realty at the Beach) over 6 years ago

Elk in the meadow!  Much better than the bear in the house that my step mother had last week. She is near Pagosa Springs and the food is just not there in the higher elevations so the bears are trying to find it elsewhere.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Dick -- what a nice surprise to find --- beautiful countryside too.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 6 years ago

What a beautiful sight to come upon, nature in their own element.. doing what they do.  What a very peacful sight to watch... The wonders of nature will never cease to amaze me...

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) over 6 years ago

Good Morning Dick, What a great view, that is what makes your area special to be able to see nature in its natural setting.  Have a great Saturday.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 6 years ago

Western NC is gorgeous and I love living here but for every day wildlife I sure appreciate where you are located.  What a sight to come across right along the road and I'm so glad you had your camera to share it with us.  Did you take the video with a smart phone?  Have a great weekend.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTORĀ®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 6 years ago

Hi Dick,

Great video of the elk feeding. It was a lucky find for you and hope the showing went well too.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 6 years ago

It is always such a treat when we run into wildlife in Colorado (as long as its not on the highway waiting for us to swerve). 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 6 years ago

That's wonderful, Dick. Something I would love to see. Have a great Sunday.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 6 years ago

Ahhhhh, Colorado!  Preaching to the choir, my friend.  You and I have both lived and seen places all around the world yet Colorado (especially Northern Colorado) remains one of the best places to call home.  On a side note, the Elk have been ravaging West Loveland apple trees and gardens this year in search of literally low-hanging fruit!!  Our mutual friends Lance and Dana had 5 young bulls in the back yard gorging themselves on apples and zinnias all day long a couple weeks ago!!

Posted by Chris Hardy, Northern Colorado Real Estate (Elevations Real Estate, LLC over 6 years ago

Dick, I love it.  You are making me want to move to Colorado with this post - bear, elk, coyotes, eagles - what more could one ask for!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 29 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) almost 6 years ago