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Photo of the Season: Elk on Cascade Head

October 14, 2019

By Chris Markes, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Some of the best photographic moments I’ve enjoyed have been in fall with the elk on Cascade Head. Just north of Lincoln City, Cascade Head preserves fragile Coast Range meadow habitat. In the evening, elk often make their way up from the lower forest and can be seen at dusk overlooking the sea stacks at the mouth of the Salmon River and the lights of Lincoln City. Provided that a photographer is respectful, patient, and careful in approaching, the elk can be very cooperative for taking photographs.

Two elk stand on a high promontory with lower headlands and a blue ocean in the background.

Two elk on Cascade Head high above the ocean. Tech stuff: ISO 2500, 200mm, F2.8, 1/800, setup on Av or Aperture Priority. (Photo by Chris Markes)

Four elk stand on a very steep meadow against a backdrop of lower headlands, a coastal city, and blue ocean.

Elk on Cascade Head, with Lincoln City to the south. Tech stuff: ISO 2500, 150mm, F2.8, 1/500, setup on Av or Aperture Priority. (Photo by Chris Markes)

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 70-200 F2.8 V1
Tripod: Hand held!

Chris Markes: chrismarkes@gmail.com | https://chrismarkes.smugmug.com/

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