Sunrise can be stunning in winter in Boxley Valley. This is one of my favorite bulls, Twinforks selectively lit in front of the old barn at te 43/21 instersection. This picture is all about light. To make a photo that feels like a painting this is the light you want. It is angular, mixed, and subtle. Only afterward did I notice 2 sparring bulls in the distant shadows just above twinforks hips.
The very best opportunities to get great pictures of bull elk are in the mornings. For a brief period of time angular light is warm and soft. At this same time the animals are closer to the road. The results speak for themselves.