REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Wildlife Photographic Coup

"Coup" is defined as "a sudden, brilliantly successful move."   I'm not certain "sudden" or "brilliant" apply to my situation, but I'll certainly take "successful."   Photographing elk in their habitat has been a goal of mine for years and years.  I had limited success one hunting season when a herd was moving from nighttime feeding back to the hills.   But I've never been close enough to capture a decent photo.  That changed this past weekend when my husband and I set out to see a small herd of bull elk out in the country.  Several people--primarily men--had talked about the big bull in the group and some people even had photos at a distance.  This endeavor of ours involved leaving the house no later than 4:30 a.m. to catch the animals before they moved back into the nearby canyon and trees. Elk are extremely wary of people, and they move very fast.

Morning #1...no sign of anything; that night we made another trip but saw only two other vehicles with people who had the same goal of seeing the elk.  Morning #2...just as we neared the end of the road, we saw them, but it was barely light and they ran back across the road, jumping a fence to get to the canyon.  Morning #3...we missed our alarm and left about 15 minutes later.  Perfect!  Ten bulls were in the same field as the morning before, but there was more  light, and I urged my husband to drive farther to prevent the animals from doubling back across the road to the canyon.  When the elk did move, we also moved slowly and were able to enjoy watching them for 10-15 minutes, while I worked my camera.  The results were spotty because I need to read up on low-light wildlife photography.  But I ended up with some images that are once-in-a-lifetime.  I can cross that off my bucket list!


I didn't even notice the background in this image until I pulled it up on the computer. 


  The Big Bull ...the largest I, and many others, have seen in a lifetime.


                                          

8 comments:

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, Evelyn. These are sensational!!!! If you posted the first one on FB I missed it. What a lovely scene and the colors are so sublime. I saw elk in Oregon a couple years ago, but was too afraid to get close. They were all cows...pregnant ones at that. Didn't want a big buck coming out of the forest to maim me. These are truly exceptional photos!!

Barb said...

You got some fabulous shots! The lighting is incredible!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Stunningly beautiful captures, Evelyn!

bailey-road.com said...

Brava! Beautiful captures. They are magnificent animals.

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful creatures they are, Evelyn. I am so glad that you were able to photograph them. What a wonderful experience!

CountryMum said...

Ohhh wow!! This is certainly a beautiful capture. That first image is stunning and would look awesome on the wall.

Ida said...

Wow! These are fabulous. That first shot is just amazing. I can bet this was a thrilling sight. I would loved to have been there too.

Debbie said...

WoW-zers, incredible shots!!!!