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HALFWAY THERE | by Larry W Brown
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Whitetail Buck in velvet, at the mid-stage of annual antler growth.


About 60 more days and the annual process of antler growth will be complete here in Virginia. I'd say this rack is rather impressive at the halfway point.


This is a familiar Buck that I've been fortunate to photograph for the past few years. You may recall I've mentioned him a few times before, I refer to him as King. He s a magnificent non-typical specimen. Last year he was sporting 2 sticker points on the back of his left antler, not sure if he'll have those again this year or not, but that left G1 has an interesting looking knot on it, I'll be curious as to how that develops.


Light was not my friend on this particular evening as darkness was closing in - hence the BnW conversion (with a green filter), as well as a light dose of tone mapping and cropping. And the bokeh produced that evening was the weirdest I've ever seen from that lens.


Antlers are the fastest growing tissue in the animal kingdom. They grow at an average of 1 to 2 inches per week during development. Antlers have a constant blood and nerve supply, which is inside the velvet antler covering, while growing.




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Taken on June 14, 2012