Bruno D'Amicis - The fallen king


Beginning of autumn is deer time here in the mountains of Central Italy, as in many other places in Europe. Large red deer stags, in fact, compete restlessly one against each-other for the supremacy over an harem of females. The rut takes place during a time span of two-three weeks at the end of September. Their rut is spectacular, with males bellowing throughout the whole day and, sometimes, battling with their antlers head-to-head. One of these early October days, I have paid a last visit to a “lek” not far from where I live, just to observe that the deer mating season was coming to its end and just a few animals were still on stage. Like a fallen king, one solitary stag, tired and torn from the fatigues of the past weeks, moved down from the arena and casted its silhouette against the spectacular landscape.

Location: Abruzzi, Italy

Tags: abruzzi, apennines, autumn, bruno damicis, cervus elaphus, clouds, deer, mountain, sunrise

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  1. Luciano said:

    05/10/2012 10:28

    Fantastic shot, Bruno! + 1 for the book... :)
    Un abbraccio!

  2. Kristina said:

    05/10/2012 10:56

    Love the contrast of seemingly tiny animal in a vast landscape. Beautiful photo!

  3. João Petronilho said:

    05/10/2012 13:24

    A stately image! Very impressive!!!!

  4. João Petronilho said:

    05/10/2012 13:32

    I apologize for coming back to make a comment. But after seeing this several times I was really impressed. "Very striking," I think that is the real word to define this!

  5. Werner said:

    05/10/2012 15:39

    Phantastic image Bruno - Congrats!

  6. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    05/10/2012 19:13

    Wow... leaves me speechless.

    (You should reconsider the sharpenig settings, though - that halo is a bit too much.)

  7. Geir Ole said:

    05/10/2012 19:25

    Stunning image!!!

  8. Sven Zacek said:

    07/10/2012 11:30

    Wow! Truly amazing! One of your best!

  9. Judyroyalglenn said:

    07/10/2012 20:53


  10. Theo said:

    08/10/2012 13:52

    Great Bruno!

  11. Bruno said:

    08/10/2012 15:14

    Dear friends, many thanks to everyone for the very kind words!!! :-D

  12. Margi said:

    09/10/2012 12:21

    WOW! Speechless! I would really want to have this pic on the wall!

  13. Zoltan said:

    09/12/2012 11:27

    Bruno... such a wonderful image, you have really captured the essence of red deer! Love it!!