Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekly Photography Challenge: 'V' - Velvet Antlers

We couldn't have had any better luck than having the 'V' photography challenge coming during the velvet antler season.  Antlers grow as highly vascular spongy tissue on deer covered in a skin called velvet.  Before the mating season, the antlers calcify under the velvet and become hard bone. 

Velvet Antlers White Tailed Deer in Custer State Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC

In a month or two, the velvet will be rubbed off leaving dead bone which forms the hard antlers that most of us think of when we envision a buck. 

Velvet Antlers White Tailed Deer in Custer State Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC

After the mating season, the pedicle (the attachment point on the skull) and the antler base are separated by a layer of soft tissue, and the antler falls off.  And so, the velvet antler begins a never ending cycle of antlers on the male white-tail deer.

Velvet Antlers White Tailed Deer in Custer State Park Black Hills by Dakota Visions Photography LLC

If you have any 'V' photographs to share for our weekly challenge, just put the link to your photograph in the comment box below. Join us for next week's photography challenge finding something starting with the letter 'X'.

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