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.