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This is the new King of the Valley in the Cataloochee area of Smoky Mountain National Park. Here he is in the fog watching over his herd. Shot with Canon 40D and 70-200 f2.8 L lens.

This is the cover shot and the December shot for my 2010 North American Wildlife Calendar. Check it out by clicking on the image below.

Hi, my name is Chris Snyder and I reside in beautiful Western North Carolina, USA. I have been a swim coach since 1990 and have been selling my photography since 2006. My wife and I are avid mountain bikers and also are very involved in animal rescue. We always have a menagerie of some size and makeup. Most of my images are of nature whether wildlife or landscapes. I hope you enjoy.

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 5 years ago

    Wow, I really like this, its seems real calming! I think it is beautiful!

    Well done!

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderabout 5 years ago

    Thanks so much swaby. I had overlooked this shot a couple of months ago and it has become one of my favorites from that foggy day.

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelabout 5 years ago

    Great image! I’ve been waiting for foggy moments like this in Rocky Mountain National Park, but those are rare.

  • I envy some of the wildlife ops you get in RMNP…Though I can’t complain living so close to SMNP. Thanks for the comment.

    – Chris Snyder

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully composed shot of a Bull Elk! The fog really adds to the over all sense of time of year and mood to this! Lovely details throughout! : )

  • Thanks Sandy. We are lucky to get these foggy conditions fairly regularly in the fall. You just have to luck out on having the right amount of fog and light.

    – Chris Snyder

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, love the fog. He’s a big fellow, awesome rack.

  • Thanks Lisa. He is a big guy but relatively young for being the dominant male.

    – Chris Snyder

  • cdudak
    cdudakabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot, love the fog here also…..Kay

  • Thanks so much Kay!

    – Chris Snyder

  • Hope Ledebur
    Hope Ledeburabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful picture. I usually have longer range fog shots with low light that just don’t cut it . Such good quality. …Hope

  • Thank you Hope. The conditions were changing but I lucked out with the light on this shot.

    – Chris Snyder

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture!!!!

  • Thank you so much lorilee!!

    – Chris Snyder

  • stewarty
    stewartyabout 5 years ago

    Cool shot Chris !!!!!!!!!

  • Why thanks so much Stewart.

    – Chris Snyder

  • brendanscully
    brendanscullyabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot there…

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