Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery
Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas
2011 Elk Gallery #2
Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.
Silence is, after all, the context for the deepest appreciation of art: the only important evaluations are finally, personal, interior ones.
What reinforces the content of a photograph is the sense of rhythm – the relationship between shapes and values.
It (photography) is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.
Sometimes things break your way, and this morning was one of them.
I was in the next field talking to some visitors from Louisiana when I heard these two bulls crash antlers. I drove to the location as quickly as I could, but was only able to get 5 shots of the action, this one was the 3rd.
This might be my favorite bull elk fight shot. The very hard part is getting twisting and turning shots. This one turned out just right. To stop the action I had to shoot this wide open at ISO 2000. I could not have got the shot with my old camera.
A photographer lives for images like this. Simply the experience of being there is enough.
This bull and a small group of cows and a calf are grazing around the shore of the upper reaches of the Buffalo National River, otherwise known as the Hailstone.
Boxley Valley Elk Viewing
This is a video of a typical herd elk dealing with his harem.
Because he is so nervous, my guess was that he had recently fought either to capture the harem or to defend it.
As you can see he is in perpetual motion. It is estimated that a herd bull loses as much as 20% of his body weight during the rut. He has little time to rest or eat.
This particular bull is the one I call "Pretty Boy" because he has such good symmetry. In 2010 he was an early herd bull but quickly lost out to a larger bull. This year he is bigger, and this year he is holding his ground.
Recently he has been in the Ponca fields on the north end of Boxley Valley.
The Prince of Boxley running a cow and her calf. He is still a bit young, but in another year or two he wil be a legitimate herd bull.
His unusual drop tines, tipped by a fork make him a true trophy animal.
Photographers will want this picture. He could be a bronze statue in front of Bass Pro some day. He is my #1 priority photo this year. I have not seen him recently.