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Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas

2012 Elk Narrative Gallery #1

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams
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
Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.

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

Robert Adams
Prince in June Fog
This is Prince in velvet in June morning fog. The field is down by the 43/21 intersection.

This year he managed to break one of his drop tines so I think he is now a 8x7 -- but still a magnificent specimen.

I believe Game and Fish should capture him and use him for breeding. His genetics are very rare. Every serious elk hunter who has ever seen him goes just about nuts. He is a typical atypical, one of the rarest of elk.
Cow Elk in the Buffalo National River, Ponca Access
Over the years I have become more interested in getting elk pictures in and around the Buffalo Natrional River. This makes getting shots more difficult, but the results pack a lot of punch I think.

This cow elk was grazing along the river near the Ponca Access. The extreme heat and drought this year has focused the elk on the river both for water and forage.
Bull Elk in Velvet
I name elk that I think are significant players in the story of Boxley Valley elk. I call this big guy "Nubs" because he has a number of short points around his eye guards. The distinctive marker for Nubs is that short nub where his center-left eye guard should be. He has a couple of more little points in that area. Otherwise, this is a nice looking bull. I expect him to be a player in the rut this year, but he is still a bit small. Next year he could well be on of the dominant bulls.
Nubs the Bull Elk Along a Fence Line
This is another picture of "Nubs" with much better light. You can see on his left side the short points that inspired his name.
Bull Elk in Early Velvet Crossing Buffalo National River
This image pleases me because it is so rare. This is a river crossing of 3 bull elk very early in their velvet growth. It was taken at where the Beech Creek enters the Buffalo National River.

It was an insanely difficult image to pull off and really needs more attention if I decide to hang it. It was back lit at just after sunrise. The compo of 3 elk grabbed me. I love rim lighting so the velvet antlers back lit was a real treat.

The group "water buffaloed" in the river for a while to cool off.