Blue Ridge Bucks I
Big Meadows, facing Tanners Ridge - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
It's pretty much just about over now - the 2010 whitetail rut at SNP has slowed to a crawl and the bucks can now go back to a normal life - heal their battle wounds, eat properly again, regain some weight and be buddies once again.
Hand held - early a.m. - overcast - temperature was 10 degrees. My intentions were to only drive along Skyline Drive on this particular morning and stay in my vehicle, but when I saw these 2 guys my intentions changed. I parked and then hiked up into the meadow, and manuevered my way to get out in front of them in order to have the mountains as my background. After a few shots I hurried back to my Jeep and turned the heat wide open! Looking back now I wish I had used a tripod and also tried several other settings. But then again, the window of opportunity is always small when it comes to wildlife photography.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are well known for their bluish color when seen from a distance. Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color. Within the Blue Ridge province, there are two national parks: Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains.
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