•October 28, 2016 • 1 Comment
Bugle Boy – A bull elk bugles his readiness to mate and his frustration that the cows seem to be ignoring him
I have the good fortune to live in a location where elk herds roam. I have been able to watch them and photograph them in the nearby ranches in Silverthorne, Colorado. I can watch them from my balcony on the distant meadows of Ruby Ranch. I have also photographed them in Rocky Mountain National Park (only 2 hours away), Yellowstone National Park, and in Jasper/Banff National Parks in Canada.
I am fascinated by these majestic, elegant, very large, captivating mammals. I stay a respectful distance and photograph them with zoom lenses. They can be dangerous. A frenzied cow elk thought that we were too close to her baby (we did not see the newborn calf in the grass, practically on the trail). Mother elk chased us around the RV park until we lost her behind an RV. I would not want to encounter a bull elk with massive antlers in the heat of the rut. Photographing from a vehicle is a safe strategy and one that I use frequently. However, occasionally, there are opportunities when one can photograph in the field at a safe distance.
Wapiti Watering Hole
Here I was photographing from across a pond, almost at eye level with this 6×6 antler bull elk. A safe place to shoot from.
Have a look at my elk gallery of images and videos taken over the years from Silverthorne, Colorado through Alberta, Canada:
•July 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment
The Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo is an amazing event to watch and photograph. The skills of the cowboys and the horses are impressive. Westcliffe is a “cowboy” town in southern Colorado where they hold the annual Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo – keeping the west in Westcliffe.
My wildlife photography skills came in very handy photographing the rodeo events, especially the Tie-Down event. A cowboy, riding his horse with lasso whipping, must chase down a calf, lasso the neck, jump from his horse, wrestle the calf to the ground, then tie three legs together all in a race against time.
See the following sequence where the event is captured:
•May 5, 2016 • 7 Comments
In honor of Mother’s Day, I have a new show titled:
Wild Moms and Their Babies (Wildlife and their Young)
The show is on view at the Wildlife Experience Museum (University of Colorado – www.southdenver.cu.edu) in Parker, Colorado (suburb of Denver). The show will be at the museum May, June, July and August, 2016.
A reception will be held on Friday, June 24th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Museum Atrium.
Some of the images can be viewed on my website at:
Wild Moms and Their Babies – Wildlife and Their Young
Images of the hanging: