Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bucks of Shenandoah


Nice to be home. But after being home for just a couple weeks, I still needed a national park and photography fix. So, headed out to meet some photography friends at Shenandoah this past weekend. Whitetail Deer bucks were the target species. We had decent light/weather Saturday morning and most of Sunday afternoon.

During the 2 days we were able to locate at least a half dozen decent bucks to photograph.

National park wildlife are not hunted, thus have no reason to fear humans, so are habituated our presence and conducive for photography without changing their behaviour.


Blue Skies.

17 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Stunning photo. Love it.

Picture Imperfect said...

Beautiful shots of amazing animals.

Thank you for sharing!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I do like the name Shenandoah. Any idea of its meaning Ken?

What lovely specimens these are. I can see they are all nice and fat after the summer of good eating and should last them well into the winter. The antlers are also coming on nicely.

I regularly need my "bush-fix" as a friend of mine calls it and am going away next week for a few days to get my dose. These passed few weeks have been pretty awful so I desperately need it. :) Us bush folks can't do without it long. :)

Ken Conger Photography said...

All,
Thanks for the kind comments.

Joan,
Shenandoah is a Native American word. It has different meanings one of which being an Iroquois chief's name which meant "deer in the woods". Hope you can make it out to the bush!

Blue Skies.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Ken. A lovely name. As the saying goes 'come hell or high water' next week I WILL spend a few days there. :)

Andor Marton said...

Ken, you made some great portraits with this handsome fellow. It looks like he was very cooperative. #1 and 4 are my favs.
Blue Skies! (I learnt it from you)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Amazing shots, Ken!
I love deer, they are so majestic. I cannot imagine them not being afraid and only curious of the person flashing that light at them.

Brad Myers said...

Beautiful photos Ken, it looks like it was a productive trip. I will be making my first visit next week for a few days and hope to do half as good as you. Brad

Coy said...

Ken a wildlife photographer can never go wrong with a jaunt up to the SNP this time of year.

All super nice shots and none are the bucks Willard & I encountered around the meadow Friday morning. I'm glad to see my old friend in the third shot you posted. He is the buck who's 2007 image I put in the PGC calendar. That year he was a 10pt, I see he's carrying a much heavier 8pt rack this year. He is easily identifiable by the small black mark just below the rear corner of his right eye

Juan C. Aguero said...

Hello Ken, very good photo.

The Birdlady said...

Gorgeous shot!

HANNIBAL said...

What a gorgeous animal! Excellent portraits in perfect light!

Christina said...

What a beautiful photo!

elvira pajarola said...

FANTASTIC DISCOVER!!!!!
STUNNING Pictures of this beautiful animal and after having taken a long look at your blog; I have to make you all my COMPLIMENTS; Your work is Incredible beautiful!

Ciao and see you soon
elvira from Tuscany

Savanna said...

i love how u got the deer to look at u

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WR said...

Doesn't that animal have a beautiful, elegant face. Wonderful photo.