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Roosevelt Elk Dean Creek Elk Preserve

Roosevelt Elk Dean Creek Elk Preserve
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Copyright: Bettina Higginson (bettinamarie) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 35] (174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D EOS
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 10:15
Viewed: 4840
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo of Roosevelt Elk was taken at the Dean Creek Elk Preserve. In my gallery of photos I have other photos of these majestic animals, but none that are taken so close to them. I was standing only about 15 feet from them and didn't even see a fence keeping humans out of their territory.

Dean Creek Elk Preserve is just East of Reedsport, Oregon which is on the Oregon Coast. Other places of interest along Hwy 38 are the Umpqua River and Loon Lake.

More Info from Dean Creek Elk Preserve Webpage:

Dean Creek is a mosaic of pasture, woodland, and wetland providing a variety of viewing experiences. A heard of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk are year round residents. Numerous birds can be seen in the area and waterfowl are visible in the wetlands.

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (EVA) totals 1,040 acres. The 440 acres of bottomland consist of pasture and wetlands, and the 600 acres of woodlands contain hardwood and coniferous forest. Dean Creek is managed to provide optimum viewing opportunities. Pastures are mowed, grazed, and fertilized to improve the nutrition and palatability for the elk. Portions of the wetland have been enhanced to provide more standing water for a variety of waterfowl.

The best times to view elk are early mornings and before dusk. Elk roam in the area freely, and their numbers fluctuate with the seasons. The cows seek seclusion in the uplands to calve in mid-May to June. Calves and their mothers become visible on the area by mid-June. Bugling and harem gathering are signs of the breeding season, which occurs from mid-September to early October.

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The area stretches along a 3 mile section of Oregon Highway 38, with 2 viewing areas and several pullouts to observe wildlife in the area. Dean Creek is located on the Oregon Coast approximately 8 miles East of Reedsport on highway 38.

I hope you enjoy and have an opportunity to visit this wonderful place.

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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very nice pic, I did not like the frame though, greetings, Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-22 13:24]

Well Hello Bettina,
Excellent image of these two elk, buddies now but soon to be advisaries in the fight for the girls. Great composition, nicely focus and exposed, great note also, nice to see you here today, thanks for sharing.

Buen enfoque y composición. COLORES REALES. La pose y mirada idéntica de los dos mamíferos da mucha vida a la foto. Saludos Bettina.

Nice capture Bettinia. I'll have to check out the area sometime as I live in Salem! I think having such a thick, high contrast frame makes you image look a little dull by comparison. It also makes the elk seem to recede whereas without it they would appear stronger in the image.

Evelynn ; )

Am glad you are back, Bettina.
Great image.
Loved your notes; highly educative.
Excellent reporting work.
Loved the frame too. Excellent choice.
Best regards,
Mario from Calgary.

Hi Bettina,
A very good capture of this couple!
I like the composition made of this two mammals and its big horns.
You caught clear details on its fur and the grasses at the surroundigs.
Well done and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

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