Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery v2.0 (huh?)

Visual and Verbal Meanderings in Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas

2014 Summer -- Calving is
underway, rut begins mid-
September.  Be here. 

See revised map right. Red dates equal
herd locations. Zones in pale yellow.

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Elk Rut Videos

Bull Fight 10/21/12 near Smith Creek
Bull Elk Fight 10/1/11 near Smith Creek
Bull Elk and Harem In Ponca Field
Bull Elk Boxley Beast & Hercules in
Bull Elk Fights vs. Sparring

Brand New Herd Location Map plus
new mobile website (below). Each
month I post a new map so it will not
become too crowded. Current locations
in large type. Each map will contain the
dates and locations of elk during my
visit to the valley. Elk may move day-to-
day, but often they do not, or move very
little. Use this map as a pretty good
guide of where to look for elk. Always
check the whole valley regardless.

New Mobile Elk Website

Visit http://arkansaselk.mobi for phones
and mobile devices. Updated maps,

Elk Photography

I will report on the elk every few days
during the rut, more frequently now
during buildup to the rut.

Safety First

Be safe. Pull off the road as far as
possible and do not block driveways
and field entrances. Some people pride
themselves in attempts to set land
speed records in Boxley Valley. Drive
slowly, people, especially kids, often
dart around in viewing areas. Read
these viewing safety tips. Also read
these driving safety tips. There is no
reason to be careless.

Remember to respect private property.
The entire viewing area is private
property and you should show respect.

Mapped Gallery of Boxley

and Upper River Area

Thanks to the geniuses at Google, I
have uploaded a hundred of my images
and geo-located them in the actual
shooting locations in the Upper Buffalo
River area. This is very cool, and
integrated with all types of Google Maps
including satellite photos, topo, and
street maps. Great resource in planning
your visits and better understanding
where photos are taken. Totally
interactive, totally cool, totally free.

My Other Websites

panoramio -- mapped photo gallery
Arkansas Photographers
Paul Caldwell, Photographer & Master Printer

Key Local Contacts:

Ponca Elk Education Center

Buffalo River Chamber of
Commerce (in-depth visitor

Lost Valley Canoe, Ponca
(870) 861-5522

National Park Service, BNR HQ
(870) 439-2502 (Harrison, AR)
Before I forget. This website is all copyrighted material  by Michael Dougherty, Compton, Arkansas. Don't steal the images or written content.
Those are the rules. I am real hard nosed about these things. Educators and nonprofits, please ask permission. I check websites for stolen
material. I will sue for flagrant theft.
October 16,  2014  1 herd this A.M, in the Ponca Fields, many bulls    Live Help Chat seems to work well.  Visit ColorFest this weekend in Ponca. Drive 45MPH or slower in Boxley Valley to avoid pedestrians.
     Current Conditions

Historical Data (enter Ponca,
AR)  Sunrise, Moonrise & etc

Click for Ponca & Boxley Valley, Arkansas Forecast
Buffalo River Level at Ponca
Click for Ponca, Arkansas Forecast
Speed kills in Boxley Valley. Roadside
elk bolt unpredictably. Slow down to
45, enjoy the view. Protect your life and
theirs, do the right thing.

The spike bulls (right) bolted in front of
a red van that saw them, but did not
slow down. I thought I would be
photographing an accident.

Safe driving tips.
Free E-Post Cards  New and growing collection from elk and swan pictures of Buffalo National River and Boxley Valley.
Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.
                                Peter Adams
Elk Bolting Across Highway 21

Boxley Stud 9x8 Bull Post Rut

This is the first of many post-rut pictures I will get. Photographers who want to get great bull photos will find the the post-rut is probably better than the rut for wall-hangers.

This was taken December 18th. The "stud" was the dominant bull in the 2012 rut.  This is one of my top 5 photos for 2012.

Boxley Beast vs. Godzilla

I am the pro who made the mistake of taking his wife out to learn how to take videos. She did not know what she was doing. So she got this fight video, as good a video as perhaps has ever been shot around here, her first time out.

Mandy can be proud of this one. It has been viewed on YouTube almost 500 times in one week. These are rare videos. I did do the editing, but Mandy got the shot.
What's really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer. 
                    William Albert Allard
This recognition, in real life, of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant of preoccupation, being a simultaneous coalition - an organic coordination of visual elements.
                 Henri Cartier-Bresson
Bull elk crossing Buffalo National River at the peak of the 2012 elk rut. He is part of a herd of bachelor bulls not yet quite old enough to compete for mating rights.

Site Contents

2012 Elk Gallery #1
2012 Elk Gallery #2
2012 Gallery #3 -- Crossing the Buffalo
2012 Elk Gallery #4

2011 Elk Rut Gallery #1
2011 Elk Rut Gallery #2

2010 Arkansas Wildflower Gallery 2010
Arkansas Wildflower Gallery #2
2010 Arkansas Wildflower Gallery #3
2010 Arkansas Wildlife Gallery 1
2010 Arkansas Wildlife Gallery 2
2010 Buffalo River Elk Gallery 1
2010 Buffalo River Elk Gallery 2
2010 Buffalo River Landscapes 1

2009 Elk Rut Gallery
2009 Elk Rut Gallery 2
2009 Elk Rut Gallery 3
2009 Elk Rut Gallery 4
2009 Other Animals Gallery 
2009 Other Animals Gallery 2
2009 Other Animals Gallery 3
2009 Frost Blossom Gallery 
2009 Landscape Gallery 1  
2009 Landscape Gallery 2  

2008 Bull Elk Fighting Gallery

2009 Elk Photo Workshop 

Buffalo River Landscapes

Boxley Valley Guides

Lost Valley Map & Narrative 
Photographing Bald Eagles
Boxley Valley Overview
Boxley Valley Map & Landmarks
Boxley Popup Map (new window)
Boxley Speed Limit 40 mph
Boxley Valley Photo Planner
Photography on Boxley Mornings
Boxley Mill Pond Gallery 
Trumpeter Swans 
Boxley's White-winged Crows
Gas, Food, Hardware, Etc
Lost Valley Campground Gallery

Elk in Boxley Valley

Elk Fields Rated Fall 2009 
Big Bull Photos After the Rut
Elk Fields Rated Fall 2008 
Bull Elk Fight Galleries 
The Unfolding Rut
Locating Elk in Boxley Valley
More Elk Watching Advice
Real Bull Elk Fights vs. Sparring

Destinations Near Boxley

Smith Creek Preserve
Map-Based Photo Gallery
Kyles Landing
Steel Creek Campground
Whitetails on Old Erbie Road

General Photo Tutorials

Photographing Wildflowers
Elk Photography Workshop
HDR Landscapes 
Early Fall Color Photography 
Salvaging That Missed Photo 
Improving Foggy Pictures
Pose Your Wildlife
Buffalo River Levels, Flooding 
Riverwhacking the Buffalo
Composing Wildlife Landscapes
Photographing Animals 101
Safety Issues & Resources
Timber Rattlers
Email me
Michael Dougherty, Bio
Map © Michael Dougherty 2014
Bull Elk Crossing Buffalo National River
Boxley Stud in December Frost
Elk Rut Located in North  Valley
There are now challenger bulls in the Ponca Field. The stage is set for a bull fight there anytime.