Favorite Photo, September 29

Bull Elk, Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park. September 29, 2015.

It was really tough to pick a favorite photo for September 29. I have 60 photos in my “favorite photos” folder that were all taken September 29.

This is one of the most enraged bull elk I have ever witnessed. He was on the attack (another bull elk is on the opposite side of the tree) and in his rush to get the other bull he came within a few feet of running over a photographer.

It is the eye that gets me.

Bull Elk, Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

I have been photographing elk for decades and this is the only time I have seen an elk so angry that so much of the back/white of the eye is revealed. An elk this angry is dangerous to anyone or anything around..

Elk, Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. September 29, 2015.

Note this bugling but not angry elk elk. Mostly the brown part of the eye is showing with almost none of the white of the eye.

Mellisa. September 29, 2009.

My second favorite photo for today is very different. I was working with the beautiful model Mellisa to create lingerie photos for her portfolio.

The Pinnacles, Owl Creek Pass, Colorado. September 29, 2010.

My third favorite photo comes from Colorado in the fall, my favorite place to be every year in later September and early October. The Pinnacles tower over Owl Creek Pass. Much of the original True Grit movie with John Wayne was filmed in this part of Colorado. The famous shoot out toward the end of the movie was filmed in a Deb’s Meadow just off Owl Creek Pass.

“Snow Drops” on an aspen leaf. Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Colorado. September 29, 2017.

My fourth favorite photo is “snow drops”. It snowed the night before and the snow melted into snow drops.

Snow Drops II. September 29, 2017.

Snow Drops II.

Morning Sun. Rocky Mountain National Park. September 29, 2016.

My fifth favorite image for September 29 was created one morning on a ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Brook Trout near Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. September 29, 2017.

This isn’t a great photo, but it is still one of my favorites. I tied a GoPro camera to the bottom of one of my tripod legs, turned on the video and stuck the tripod leg in a stream near some trout, hoping one would be curious enough to swim up to the camera. It happened. This is a screen capture from one of the video frames.


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