Monday morning began earlier than usual for me with my alarm sounding at 1:30am. After a quick bowl of cereal I was on my way to meet my brother in Benezette Pennsylvania, a drive of some three and one-half hours to hunt the elk rut. This was to be my first ever photo-hunt for these magnificent animals.
This area of Pennsylvania is the home of a free-ranging herd of elk that is estimated to number 1000 head or more. Although this herd does not contain the number of truly large bulls that it did a few years ago, before a hunting season was established, there continues to be quite a number of beautiful bull available to the photographer willing to work for them.
Following a considerable predawn hike over rough terrain we reached a meadow from which we had been hearing elk bugling. While straining to see the source of the commotion this bull appeared like an apparition as he hove into view.