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Male elk

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Rocky Mountains; June 5, 2017.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 7, 2018 at 4:48 AM

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  1. Magnificent!


    June 7, 2018 at 7:39 AM

  2. Wow…look at those antlers!


    June 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM

  3. Wow Steve! What else can I say!


    June 7, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    • This was a great find at the end of a long day photographing landscapes in the Rocky Mountains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 7, 2018 at 8:34 PM

  4. It looks like his antlers are covered with the same sort of velvet that deer have. I like the way the light emphasizes it, and makes the texture more obvious. This is one example of a “busy” background really working, too. The size and the solidity of the elk are a great contrast to the grasses and shrubby trees.

    I presume you were making use of a telephoto lens here. Just this week, two women were attacked by female elk in Yellowstone. The women weren’t doing anything to provoke them; the elk had calves with them, had wandered into populated areas, and just were being their protective selves.


    June 8, 2018 at 5:05 AM

    • I noticed that velvet, too. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, given that the elk is in the same genus as deer.

      In general, I avoid a busy background, as it tends to distract from the picture’s subject. In this case I had no choice, so I’m glad you find the background works in this case. And yes, I did use a telephoto lens; while I never felt in danger, prudence is still prudence. My across-the-street neighbor in Austin told me a few weeks ago that a female white-tailed deer with a nearby fawn had charged her when she was out walking her dog.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 9, 2018 at 5:07 AM

  5. How wonderful to see such detail on this buck, Steve. Seeing the “velvet” on the antlers is a real treat.

    Jet Eliot

    June 9, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    • It was a great way to conclude that photo-taking day in the Rocky Mountains last year. I’m glad it made your day, Jet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 9, 2018 at 7:51 PM

  6. Such a beautiful creature!

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