The 1st of October was my first stag watching foray during this year’s rut. As the sun dropped, fast moving skirmishes began and my camera struggled to keep pace with the action, capturing these increasingly blurred and ghostly shapes …
One of the key challengers.
There were repeated and sometimes very ill-advised forays by challengers trying to isolate hinds. As it grew darker, stag calls were audible across the park.
This 1692 image is known as the earliest depiction of a Siberian shaman and appeared in Dutch explorer Witsen’s account of his travels. Antlers were also associated with pre-Christian pagan beliefs in Western Europe and Witsen inevitably viewed Siberian shamanism in this demonic light.
The large, mobile stags that played a prominent part in the scenography of Krst pod Triglavom (Baptism under Triglav). This was the largest-ever Slovene theatrical spectacle and used avant-garde art to explore Slovene identity. The stag is a key NSK signifier.
Photo by Jože Suhadolnik. See more of his Suhadolnik’s classic NSK photos here.