I have always wanted to photograph elk bugling with fresh snow on their snouts, heads, backs, antlers, etc. It shows a little of the challenge elk, and many animals, face to survive the winter. This theme is what I was striving the emulate in this photo of a cow elk with snow. Unfortunately the elk rut season is typically before it starts snowing but often you can find elk in the winter covered in snow. That was the case with a herd this past week after a heavy spring snowstorm. This cow elk had been using her head to push through the snow down to the grass. She kept coming up with snow covering her head and snout. I had my object that was showing the subject of survival in the winter but needed to make sure I kept the background clean and showed the white of the snow-covered landscape.