Standing Tall by Miles Moody

Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Nikon F5, F/2.8, 200 mm, 1/250 sec, Fuji Velvia 50 slide film, Warming Filter

This fine fellow put on quite a show for me doing a thorough job at his territorial bit. It’s difficult to see but he’s standing in a ‘scrape’ where I got a nice shot of him kicking up dirt to bare the ground for urination. He’s pausing in this moment at rubbing his antlers in the branches directly overhead (in order to leave traces of an oily secretion exuded at the base of his horns).

“LIfe is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away (source unknown).” It is my heartfelt desire to share some of my breath-taking moments, hoping that you also may receive something of enduring benefit.

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  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!!

  • thanks Scott; I appreciate you stopping by!

    – Miles Moody

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!! now someone tell me how many points does this buck have?? Do you count deer and elk the same??

  • He’s a 10 pointer, though its hard to tell in this photo. Not sure about elk. Thanks for stopping by.

    – Miles Moody

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    A beautiful buck thats for sure :o}

  • thanks, Bob.

    – Miles Moody

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

  • Please accept my belated thanks for the honor of this feature in the Appalachian Life and Artists Group.

    – Miles Moody

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 4 years ago

  • I am so gratified to have this honor as a feature pick in the group Antlers, Racks and Other Horned Animals, Val. Please excuse my belated expression of thanks.

    – Miles Moody

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 4 years ago


  • thanks, Kim.

    – Miles Moody

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uabout 4 years ago

    Nice buck shot taken in the Smokies…like the composition too, makes a great image for a print!

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