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Photography Now & Then #42

Today’s photo: Up close with the smartphone, February 10, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

Today’s photo[1]: Up close with the smartphone, February 10, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

This photo was taken without zoom about 2 inches from a large colonial-style stoneware mug from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Photo Favorite: Young Mature Bull Elk, Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 2, 2009 (Pentax K10D)

Photo Favorite[2]: Young Mature Bull Elk, Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 2, 2009 (Pentax K10D) 

Elk[3]

North American elk (Cervus canadensis) are one of the largest members of the deer family. Large males, called bulls, can weigh several hundred pounds and stand five feet at the shoulder. Females are called cows and are roughly half that size. A dark brown mane, light-brown bodies and white rumps characterize both sexes. They grow a thicker coat of hair each winter which they shed each spring.

Only males have antlers, which grow in the spring and drop each winter. Antlers can grow up to an inch a day. They are covered with a protective layer of velvety skin. When the antlers are fully grown, the bulls scrape this layer off.


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Photograph Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Photograph Now and Then.
  3. Elk – Rocky Mountain National Park – National Park Service

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

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