Smokey Mountain Fall Color and Elk Rut

“The most active elk rut peak lasts 5 to 10 days and happens primarily because of a precise ratio that occurs each fall between daylight and dark. That ratio of light and dark causes hormones in cow elk to flow that result in an estrus cycle. Regardless, each cow comes into estrus at different times of the rut. They don’t all go into estrus during the peak. It is called the “peak of the rut” because most of them do.

Some cows go into estrus earlier, young cows perhaps much later. Some do not get bred during their first estrus cycle and have a second estrus period throughout the first three weeks of October. There is some evidence that a third phase may sometimes occur during the end of October and first part of November. But the peak period of elk in rut occurs within five or ten days of September 22nd or 23rd, the autumnal equinox.

More elk activity occurs during the day after a dark night. If the moon is in a dark phase, particularly during the peak of the elk rut, don’t miss it if you can be there!  This year the dark of the moon occurs on October 12th”

October 1, 2, & 3, 2015

October 4, 5, & 6, 2015

Join in for three days in the mountains.  There are two trips planned.  One for the long weekend and one for the weekdays.  Visit the elk, wonderful waterfalls, rivers, and creek settings.  Capture marvelous sunsets from the mountain tops.  Stay in first class accommodations and fellowship with other photographers. Use the contact form below to communicate your interest in being part of this wonderful outing.  Open to photographers of all skill levels.  Please contact and let me know about your interest or questions.

Check out the photos from last years event.

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