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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
NW Elk 1: Cascades NW Trek Elk herd - Antlers and branches

When their new antlers grow each year, male deer start trying to enhance their looks to compete for prestige, eventually hoping for male dominance in an all-female herd. A big-antlered male might start by posing before spectacular scenery.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Eatonville, Washington, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Ter Ellingson