Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery
Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas

2012 Elk Narrative Gallery #2

Silence is, after all, the context for the deepest appreciation of art: the only important evaluations are finally, personal, interior ones. 

Robert Adams
Cows and Calf Nursery at Ponca Access
Cow elk share parenting duties and form nurseries so they can graze. The cows will circle calves and protect them. They may not look dangerous, but there is a line you must not cross. Every year someone gets stomped by a cow as a reminder. This was at the Ponca Access.
Prince in the Garden
Prince and 3 other bulls decided to dine on a garden in Boxley Valley. This candid picture is him peeking around a trellis at me. This was in July when they were in velvet. Prince should be a contender this year for herd bull status in Boxley Valley.
Grazing along a Fence Line
I take many pictures because I like the light. This is one of them. I think this is Nubs, but not totally positive ID. To me the cutting light and shadows makes this picture worthwhile.

I "feel" these pictures before I take them. Something grabs me emotionally then I act. Cutting light is always a good starting place. It provides a natural animation to shapes that are hiddin in abient light.
Cow Elk and 2 Calves
This is an educational picture. This cow is nursing her calf and another calf was hanging around. What this shows is calves from two different estrous cycles in the prior rut. The tiny one is from the second estrous, the larger one from the first. In one month you can see the difference in size. Calf elk grow very fast.
Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. . .  First you must lose your self. Then it happens.
                                         Henri Cartier-Bresson
There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape. -

                                                Henri Cartier-Bresson
Only a fraction of the camera's possibilities interests me - the marvellous mixture of emotion and geometry, together in a single instant.

                                           Henri Cartier-Bresson
Another Elk for Nasa
This elk appeared to have a mind uncluttered with thought or worry. He is a likable sort, but could not be more simple.