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The Outcasts

Capturing the Elk Rut in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park has always been a highlight of Autumn photography for me, photographers from all over come to photograph it. These are Bulls which are essentially "Outcasts" that probably lost in a challenge from on the head Bulls for females. It was something to watch and observe these 2 for quite awhile, while the King of the Harem would come and chase them out. The one on the right, he was a big one, and I was expecting him to start challenging the King at any second.

What was funny was how these 2 interacted...it was friend one second and foe the next, and I did manage to shoot some pretty interesting photos of their body language showing one another who is dominant.

I hope you all like it!
---John




See more on my website www.jdebordphoto.com all work copyrighted 2009 John De Bord. Feel free to link to this shot on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I welcome the extra exposure!
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:iconromylyn:
Romylyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
ohh Great picture!!
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
XD I bet they'll have their day! I love your elk photos. They always have so much character to them. ^^
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bougainvillea Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
You have a lovely collection of images! Good good work.
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:iconstrangelight:
strangelight Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Nice focus. The background almost looks tilt-shifted - like a model of the countryside...
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Wooow! :wow:
This is so beautiful!!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
:hug: Thank YOU!
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
My pleasureeee!!! :D :D

:hug:
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:iconjotamyg:
jotamyg Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :clap:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
:) :highfive:
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:iconq-tipper:
Q-tipper Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
That must have been interesting to watch so glad you got more in action... won't spam you with comments on every one but great series! :thumbsup:
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:iconglassreflections:
glassreflections Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture!
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:iconjeannieblue:
Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What's the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts? :rofl:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
idk, cuz these are Elk? lol BOOYA! lol
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:iconjeannieblue:
Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:rofl: I know they're elk, but it made me think of the joke! :rofl:


What's the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?
Answer: Beer nuts are $1.25. Deer nuts are just under a buck.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
lmao horrible
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:iconjeannieblue:
Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Some guy told me that in a bar in Georgia once, and my friend got mad at me for laughing. :rofl:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
lolol
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:iconogiedomane:
ogiedomane Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
gotto love those wildlife moments..great shot.:)
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:iconwaves-of-illusion:
waves-of-illusion Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Photographer
sorry for the fav spam,you have top notch photos,quality,composition and color :) wonderful work ^^
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starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009   Photographer
Interesting information you supplied. It explains your title! I like the shot... All of the browns don't drown the photo but lift it up.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
:hug: Thanks!
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:iconstarrysurrealism:
starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome :hug:
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:iconmrcbax:
mrcbax Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a nice gallery you have there, thanks for sharing.
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:iconoriginalbossman:
Originalbossman Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
cool buggers.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lovely pic! such nice details to them both. Those antlers look so vicious!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ya I would NOT want to get hit by one lol
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:icongetcarter:
getcarter Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   Photographer
:heart:
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:iconsliding-panda:
Sliding-Panda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Oh yes! The colours, focus, composition all about this photo is simply outstanding. Marvellous piece! :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
:) hey thanks!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   General Artist
beautiful capture!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Appreciated thanks!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   General Artist
:nod:
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Nicely done John! :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hey thanks!
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:iconjgda9rs:
JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
this and the whole series are very national geographic worthy.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
wow that is quite a compliment thank you!
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:iconllub3r:
llub3r Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Photographer
Great shot. The DOF is cool too, the rocks make the elk look miniture.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
hey thanks!
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:iconblindsight67:
Blindsight67 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Fascinating, but sure it all makes sense in the long run for the health of the species.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
quite true!
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:iconelvenred:
Elvenred Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009   Photographer
Superb! Love the tonal range! :clap:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
awesome. what a stunning shot.
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CreationsByJanie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
John, really nice shot, and I bet you enjoyed the combat. Our friend spent 3 days in Cortez, he's a long haul trucker. Snowstorm?
Your friend, Janie
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:iconashlite:
ashlite Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Wow! This is incredible, they really do look like little toy models. Great work!!
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:iconcavelupa:
CaveLupa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This photo has a unique atmosphere. The colours are ';pure autumn' :) I love it
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice photo :)
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PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009   Photographer
Damn, I love it, the colors are really amazing and the DoF is amazing. :worship:
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:iconsnak:
snak Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Great capture!
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guille1701 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
Pure nature. No more words to say
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:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful image.
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