Monday, November 05, 2012

Thinking about the Elk

Today as I pursued rutting whitetails my mind would frequently wonder back to my recent trip in Pennsylvania's elk country.  With the exception of accidentally breaking a camera lens the trip was an excellent time afield with good friends, new friends, and a number of good bulls to photograph against the colorful autumn backgrounds.  While during the rut these animals allowed us to approach with little concern of our presence, today with the 2012 elk season opener they became legal game for the hunters.
 

The bull pictured here is known by the Pennsylvania elk photographic community as Limpy.  He has thrilled viewers and photographers for a number of years and I have had the pleasure of photographing him over the past four.  Photographing him the last morning of my visit, as he looked out across the foggy mountains he calls home, I could not help but wonder if this would be the last time I would see this majestic trusting animal.  The next few days will tell the tale as reports from the elk range begin to filter in.     

6 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are truly magnificent animals.That first picture looks amazing.

bailey-road.com said...

Limpy is a magnificent looking animal! I hope he survives the hunting season.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos. I'm sad to think he might not be there next year.

deXter said...

I love nature so much and your photos are so great!!! Thank you for all your photos!

Elaine said...

Gorgeous photos! I've got my fingers crossed for Limpy. Your whitetail shots in the last post are wonderful. It looks like you had perfect light.

Jim Borden said...

Beautiful images of a majestic animal.