Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery
Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas
2012 Elk Narrative Gallery #4
Silence is, after all, the context for the deepest appreciation of art: the only important evaluations are finally, personal, interior ones.
Lost Valley has been pretty active in 2012, probably because of a combination of the drought and army worms that came along in late summer. This bull is JYD, Junk Yard Dog, a multi-year bull that has been dominant for a few years.
This is the Bull "Twin Forks", the first rutting bull of 2012. He was early in 2011 as well. In both years, he is still too small to hold a herd. This picture is a novel split light photo, perhaps a good way to deal with an even number of elements in the photo.
Satellite bulls are a few years away from being a featured bull in the annual rut. They hang around the edges of herds hoping for a wayward cow.
This nice looking bull was shot along a farm road near the valley, but very early in the rut. He later joined the rutting herds.
This is another picture of Prince. His very rare typical atypical rack makes him a target in the annual elk hunt. In 2012 he injured his rack during the velvet period, so he is not quite so amazing this year.
He remains a trophy bull elk. Perhaps next year he will have better luck before his antlers mature.
Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. . . First you must lose your self. Then it happens.
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. -
Only a fraction of the camera's possibilities interests me - the marvellous mixture of emotion and geometry, together in a single instant.
This is JYD again, and again in Lost Valley. He is bugling along the entrance road.
Each year there are some bulls that seem to show up frequently to be photographed. JYD would be one candidate for 2012.
He was a very late rutting bull last year, and was "running cows" well into December. He seems to favor fields in the north end of the valley around the Ponca Access.