Elk Grazing in the Brilliant Light of Morning

I found this Elk grazing near a playground in the Canadian Rockies.  It was a brisk morning, and the sun rose over my shoulder casting a warm light onto the bucks impressive antlers.  I used a 400mm lens at f5.6 to keep a safe distance.  Of course I took plenty of full body shots, but this one unique frame really stands out due to the play of light and shadow.  The vertical orientation of the frame accentuates the long neck of this powerful creature.  

 

 

 

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