I just received word that the two images depicted below have been recognized as “Highly Commended for Photographic Excellence” in the recent Denver Audubon Society’s Share the View international photographic competition. On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, I will be recognized for my entries at The Wildlife Experience, IMAX Auditorium, in Parker, Colorado, just south of Denver.
“Foggy Morning at Sprague Lake”
American Elk – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Although the annual elk rut was still a few weeks away, this young bull was getting an early start as he courts this cow during the early morning hours at Sprague Lake.
Wood Buffalo (Bison) – Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta; Canada
Before me lay this beautiful mountain lake; nearby a herd of bison were grazing. I visualized this image in my mind and began urging the bison into position. Fortunately, they obeyed. Once again, Nature smiled upon me as she waved her magic wand.
Erin Doonan says
Congratulations! I love them both, but I think that elk picture is my favorite of yours. And that’s saying a lot!
Thank you very much, Erin. I’m happy to know that you like them.
Jack Eichner says
Congratulations!!! Both images are absolutely super and deserve the award!
Thank you, Jack. It’s good to hear from you.
Barbara Ekx says
YOU MUST HAVE USED YOUR MAGIC WAND ! THESE ARE AWESOME. BUT ESP LOVED SPRAGUE LAKE IMAGE. BARB E.
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Barbara. The only magic wand I have access too would be one furnished by Nature.
Ned Bouril says
Excellent light and images. Thanks for posting.
Thank you very much, Ned.
Jackie Ley says
Stunning images Weldon. I particularly like the Elk – Amazing !!!!!
I’m glad you like it, Jackie. Thank you very much.
Rich Krebs says
Both images were great, especially the elk. What time of day were you there?
We arrived a little before sunrise, Rich. However, we didn’t spot the elk until about a half hour later. Actually, we heard them first. It was unlike any elk vocalization that I have ever heard . . . and I’ve heard a lot of them over the years. Thank you for your comments.
Frank Randolph says
Weldon – As per usual, the work of few photographers can compare to yours!
Thanks, Frank. You are too kind. When are you coming to see me?
Pamela Brown Wilkinson says
Weldon, these are simply gorgeous! I would love to tag along with you sometime!!
Thank you very much, Pamela, for your wonderful comments.
JP Bruce says
Congrats on the recognition and awards. Beautiful photographs. Love the reflections in both. They also give me a sense of serenity.
Thank you very much, JP. Good, as always, hearing from you.
Frank M. Donofrio says
The elk photo at Sprague Lake with its mirror like reflection is very unusual and yet serenely beautiful ! Congratulations !
Thank you very much, Frank.. It was a beautiful and very special morning.
Wow. Congratulations on receiving recognition for your beautiful work. Well-deserved.
Thank you very much, Larry.
Robin Wilkinson says
Wow….the elk photograph is just wonderful! I hope we get to see some wonderful things like this! No pressure : ) Congratulations Weldon!
Robin and Steve Wilkinson
Thank you very much, Robin. Not sure exactly what we will encounter. But one thing is certain, Nature always has magic ready and waiting for those who come expecting.
Ed Steinmetz says
Congratulations ! Both great captures…
Thank you, Ed. Thank you very much.
jamie adams says
but of course. they know good stuff when they see it.!!
Great to hear from you, Jamie. Thank you for your awesome comments.
Larry Purdy says
+Good for you…………….Congratulations..
Thank you, Larry. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.
Jeff Sidle says
These are spectacular. Your patience and understanding of the natural world have truly been rewarded!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Jeff.
Dennis Kirkland says
Both images very deserving of their (and your) recognition, Weldon…my fav is of the elk in Sprague Lake.
Thank you, Dennis. Good to hear from you.
Letia Grosser says
Very beautiful work Weldon…Congratulations!
Your comments are wonderful, Letia, Thank you very much.
Love your images. Congratulations
Thank you very much, Betty.
Wally Jarratt says
Weldon…just magnificent pictures. It does NOT surprise me that you got the recognition you so rightly deserved for these amazing images. Hope to make another workshop soon.
Thank you very much for sharing that with me, Wally. That was very nice.
Clinton Shoemaker says
Congratulations! Wow, great photos!!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Clinton.
Kelly Harrold says
Love them both-congratulations on your accomplishments!!
Thank you, Kelly. I really appreciate you for taking time to share your thoughts with me.
Richard Gallegos says
Weldon, Congratulations and great photos.
Good hearing from you, Richard. Thank you for your comments.
Sue Karski says
Great Photos – Congratulations
Thank you, Sue. I really appreciate you for taking the time to respond.
J.Michael Wilhelm, ( Junior) says
Well, you know me Pappy as being your biggest fan of wildlife photography and a good friend. I need to get back out there and visit with you and Lori once more, and who knows…maybe even do some shooting together again.
Thanks, Pappy. A visit would be great. I’ve been doing a little shooting this morning. Too bad you’re not here to join me.
Absolutely stunning, Weldon! Wow!
Thank you very much, Ken. I really appreciate your wonderful comments.
Brian Thompson says
Weldon, beautiful images! We hope to make it to the Wildlife Imax on the 11th. Brian
Awesome! Be sure and look me up when you’re there.
G. Christopher says
My hearty Congratulations!
Excellent pictures, no reasons not to get award…reflects the passionate eye and mind of photographer in the pictures…
Dr G. Christopher, M. G. University, Kerala, India
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments.
Sandy Rathborne says
Congratulations, Weldon. You deserve the recognition for these two images plus so many more!
Thank you very much, Sandy. You are always so very nice.
Sue Jarrett says
Good job as usual, Weldon. Congrats!
Thanks, Sue. You’re a sweet heart..
Mitch Baltuch says
Congratulations Weldon. Well deserved.
Thank you, Mitch. I really appreciate your wonderful comment.
Don Grall says
The elk reflection is extremely unique given you had to have Mother Nature provide the calm and 3 elk stand motionless long enough for any water disturbance to quit, then to get eye contact with all 3. You hit the trifecta! Then on the photographer end, you had to see the possibilities to be ready for this moment, then get the exposure and composition perfect, another trifecta! Big congrats, well done!
Thank you for your wonderful comments. However the image to which you refer is a gift from Nature. I just happened to be in the right place . . . at the right time . . . and tripped the shutter at the right moment. This is just another incident that supports the fact that my wildlife images are a collaboration between me and my wild brothers and sisters.
Jacqueline Deely says
Stunning images Weldon and worthy of the honor!
Thank you very much, Jacqueline. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your wonderful comments with me.