Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pennsylvaina Elk Rut 2011


I have just returned home from shooting the Pennsylvania Elk rut.  With cards downloaded and back-ups ran I have just begun to relax and review the results of this week's efforts.

The first bull encounter was with a young bull on high ground.  From high points like this the Allegheny Mountains can make for some exceptional backgrounds and I lost no time positioning myself to take advantage of the hazy blue ridges in the early morning light. 

The time on the elk range this year was time well spent.  Meeting up with old friends, making new ones and shooting with some of Pennsylvania's most dedicated elk photographers made the excursion particularly enjoyable. 

The rut wasn't as frantic as I have seen during some other visits but elk numbers were quite good and some very good bulls were located.  The weather was frustrating to say the least for when the sun shone temperatures soared and the elk headed for deep shade; the rest of the time it rained.......and rained.......and rained.  

Interspersed between the showers and downpours were those magical moments; those moments that make getting soaked to the bone, those moments that make trudging up and down hillsides loaded down with photographic gear all worthwhile, those moments when the elk, the background, the light comes together........Click.


5 comments:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Coy: So glad you were able to get this neat shot.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful shot. the first of many to come, i'm sure...

Elaine said...

Fantastic! The background is perfect and I like how he's looking over his shoulder. Good work!

Bob Shank said...

Coy, it was great fun to be with you again during the Fall Rut. Your description on your first blog entry describes the week we spent on Winslow HIll extremely well. I think I'm still trying to dry out! But I was fortunate to be able to get some good clicks in. In fact, during the last two days, if I didn't get any good photos it would have been my own fault because I had plenty of great opportunities. I look forward to being afield with you again sometime soon!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic photo, Coy! It's hard to beat a bull elk with those tall antlers.