Title:     "Dominant Elk"

Elk | Palmer, Alaska

Stock #  PDC 220

Medium:     
Photography    |    Color Print on glossy paper

Size:  20" w by 16" h          $ 45.00                      


Size:  14" w by 11" h           $ 35.00                     


Description:     An elk male looks fearful.  The female elk seems to be looking north.  I took this photograph
near Palmer, Alaska.   A beautiful elk male standing in the snow alone.  
Elk is a large species of the deer
family. Mature bulls will range in weight from 800 to 1,000 pounds, while cows will weigh 600 to 800 pounds.  
Each antler consists of a main beam with long, sharp-pointed prongs (points). The main beam sweeps
outward, upward, and backward. The points point forward. Bulls grow spikes.  An old bull's antlers may be 5
feet long and weigh 25-40 pounds.
Elk with 10 points per antler have been observed.  Antlers are bony
outgrowths. They develop from and are cemented to two protuberances called pedicles on top of the skull.
While
Elk antlers are growing they are covered by a furry skin covering called velvet. The growing antlers
and the velvet are supplied with oxygen and nutrients by a network of blood vessels. Growth and hardening
of the antlers is completed in late July or August. In August, increased production of testosterone cuts off the
blood supply to the antlers and velvet. The velvet dies, dries up, and peels away.  

This print is treated with an ultra violent protective coating.  It will be rolled and inserted into a mailing tube.   
It will be mailed first class by the U.S. Postal Service and insured.
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