Friday, November 19, 2010

More From The First Day At SNP...





After photographing the buck I posted yesterday I traveled onto the Big Meadows area in search of more whitetails. But not before running into another photographer that was shooting Nikon equipment and top of the line new products at that. As always that was a mistake as I now have it in my head that I need the new D7000 body to replace the D90. If I only had my last purchase of big lens and wimberly paid off so I could buy it.

Back to the whitetails, the deer did not come out to great me and ask me to photograph them like they did in the past. In fact the deer seemed to be scarce sticking to the woods and really making me work for it. On of the first things I noticed was that there were none in the meadows, then I noticed all the apples laying under the apple trees. That seemed strange until I ventured into the woods to find many acorns at ever step. I guess the combination of many people being there on the weekend along with all the food in the woods gave the deer no reason to venture out. I did see a few but nothing worth photographing until the sun was almost setting behind the horizon. At that time in SNP along with early sunrise everything takes on a golden color that can be found in the first three photographs. Note the little buck with the broken antler and broken tine off of the other beam. The one thing I have been trying to get at SNP with no luck is some silhouette photos of the deer during sunrise or sunset. I had no luck this trip in getting them with the exception of this one shot, which happens to be the little buck with the broken antler. The trip did pick up but not the way I expected, more on that later.

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6 comments:

Sparky said...

Once again these are some nice pictures. I do like the last one.

HANNIBAL said...

I haven't had very good luck with this year's rut either. I am still hoping that cooler weather will bring them out. I know what you mean about camera equipment, it never ends...

Michele said...

Hi Brad,
Thanks so much for dropping by and your photos are stunning as usual. I am not too familiar with the deer and their habits and such but sadly they are running amok in the city, as well as the bucks and unfortunately I understand it is the folks here that are feeding them that is bringing them down from the hills. I fear for them now that winter has come and bylaws have come into effect of fines of feeding them. Hopefully they can fend for them. I still see so many wandering along my home and the creekside and the roads. It is tempting to throw them food. Hopefully instinct kicks in and they realize that food isn't as readily available...

Thanks and take care!

chubskulit said...

Great shots.

Snakes, have a good Saturday!

VioletSky said...

i can't help but wonder if the broken antler puts this guy a little off balance?

Coy said...

Nice shots Brad with the sunset shot being my favorite. Too bad it wasn't a big buck.

Yep, know all about the equipment bug. The good thing about it is that it always gives us something to dream for :)