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Tule Elk - Point Reyes National Seashore | by Darvin Atkeson
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Tule Elk - Point Reyes National Seashore

The fog was flowing quickly over the hills of the Pacific Coast as a herd of elk grazed. I had taken many shots but it was just too gray a day at the Point Reyes elk reserve. I was stalking a large bull elk trying to move slowly closer. He was about to disappear over the hill when the setting sun began to show though the fog. You know the type of day where you can look direclty at the sun and see the crisp clean outline though the fast moving clouds and it gives you an unreal since of movement. You could see the fog blowing very quicly over the crisp disc of the sun and I knew the fog would soon move back in and block the sun if I didn't move quickly. My sudden movement caught the bulls attention and he looked back at me just as I snapped pictures. A second later he had disappeared over the crest of the hill and the fog quicly moved in to cover the sun.

 

It was one of those moments when what would be a bust for the day just came together for just a few brief seconds and for once you are ready. Sometimes all you get is one good shot. But that's what makes it worth all those hours of effort.

 

Thanks for all the comments.

 

Darv

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Taken on August 3, 2008