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Elk doing the antler dance

Elk doing the antler dance
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 17:24
Viewed: 3075
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Caught along the Bow River Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise. This dude was grazing just off the road. Use a 200mm and he's up close and personal. He's close enough to see his new spring antlers covered in velvet.

"Antlers in the early stage of growth are covered with a fuzzy skin that contains a tremendous concentration of nerves and a vigorous supply of blood. This fuzz is called velvet. The velvet nourishes the growing antler for about five months. Antlers are the fastest growing tissue in any mammal. They grow at an astonishing rate, between a half inch to one inch or more a day. Velvet is unusual in that it is a naturally occuring regenerative skin." [From: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/wildlife/PUBL/wlnotebook/Antlers.htm.

Just a sharpen, resize and frame.

P.S. The "antler dance" is an old skit from Saturday Night Live circa 1977.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-05-18 19:54]

Well done Mike, I was over on the califorina coast last weekend looking for our Tule Elk , sadly no luck .. thanks for the note ,,


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