Saturday, August 1, 2009

Camera Critters: More Calf Elk Encounters

It was Friday morning, July 24th and I wanted to be headed home as soon as possible, but as so often happens I ran into some of the best photo opportunities of the trip. As you saw in a previous post, I found a large herd of cows and calves quite close to the road. The calves were mewing and the cows were calling to them. I am not certain if this calf was mewing or yawning. I use the term "mewing", because it sounds much the same as the sound a cat makes.

Calf "Mewing" or "Yawning"

I had actually loaded the camera equipment in the vehicle and was leaving, when I drove past another portion of the meadow and saw another segment of the herd in bright sunlight so I got out again and captured this nursing scene.


Both photos were taken with the 500mmF4. I would have preferred a slightly shorter focal length in the last shot, but I had gone into action quickly and carried no other lenses with me.

I hope to visit as many of your blogs as possible, but I am having major problems with my primary Internet browsing computer, which should make for an interesting post in itself in the near future. At least the computers that I do most of my photo work and video production are working O.K.

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Carletta said...

Seeing any young animal nursing makes me wonder how anyone could ever hunt. :0
Excellent shots Willard.
Hope your PC troubles are cleared up soon.

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Jedediah said...

Great captures. Elks are impressive animals!

mimi said...

how cute nursing her baby. ",)

Denise said...

I hope your computer problems sort themselves out as I know how frustrating that can be. Your photos of the Elk are fantastic. I remember seeing them in Yellowstone and it was a real thrill for me to be in their own backyard. I didn't know until I discovered your blog that they are also in Pennsylvania.

Snap said...

Your photos are wonderful. This kind of shooting of these beautiful critters I understand! :D :D

imac said...

Always a wonder to visit you Willard, super shots and sooo cute.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Willard: Outstanding photos of the calf.

Sandy Kessler said...

excllent i so look forward to your work sandy

Philip said...

Willard Stunning shots the calf looks very hungry :)

Russ said...

Very nice! Love your blog!

Tom said...

Well captured Willard... I agree with Carletta's comment... it was coming across sights such as this that stopped me hunting in the small way I did.

My blogs today show the Three Stags Heads Inn and 2 Magpies On A Bench

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo, Willard!
Thanks for the comments on my blog. We are doing well. I hope you are too.
And YES, the fawn picture printed out wonderfully. It is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with me.
Did the flower photo I emailed you print okay?
Take care

HANNIBAL said...

I love coming here! You express your story so well, with excellent images as you narrate!

Anonymous said...

I really think it is just fantastic that the elk herds are able to nurse and go about their business without being harmed. At least there is this time of year when they feel secure in their environment. Good for you for taking their photographs.

Yes, the anonymous bloggers create lots of problems and for that reason, as you read on my blog, i no longer accept their comments.

I was also interested in hearing and reading your story about that.

Marvin said...

Great shots of the elk calf -- and a really awesome series of the bulls in the previous post.

Hope you get your computer problems sorted out.

Louise said...

I'm always behind, but it's rarely due to the computer. But the computers are a pain. I have an internet-dedicated one because it can't help but crash when one visits a lot of sites. I can wipe it clean and start over with no major damage and nothing lost.