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Fortuanly most wild animals are creatures of habit. I saw this beautiful bull elk in Yellowstone National Park. In full late summer velvet (when the antlers are growing just before being rubbed off for the autumn rut), this bull caught my eye as he grazed in a meadow along the Gibbon River near Madison Junction. The problem was, the elk fed during the night and moved into the timber during the day., so when there was enough light to take pictures, there was nothing to take pictures of. So I began following this bull at a distance for several mornings to see where he went into the timber and where the light was striking in the forest. The rest was luck. On the third morning, as the bull moved into the forest, he stopped in this patch of light, the temperature was cold enough to make his breath steam and he turned his head to look at another elk. I was able to make just three frames before he moved on. Equipment: Nikon FTN with a 200mm lense on a tripod. The film was Kodachrome 64 rated at 80asa to give the colors more saturation. The exposure was 1/60 a second with the lense set at f4. Photo by Dean Krakel/Rocky Mountain News.

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