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White-tailed Deer doe makes faces at the photographer

😉 Well, not really. She was in fact just finishing up a bite of grass and I happened to catch her mid-chew. Overall the deer are looking a bit rough right now as they begin to lose their winter coats in favor of a thinner, cooler covering for the summer.

White-tailed Deer are North America’s smallest deer. They are very fleet-footed capable of speeds up to 30mph and able to leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet in a single bound.

A White-tailed Deer doe appears to be making faces at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer doe appears to be making faces at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed deer doe steps into the light

This pretty lady and a few of her friends were hanging out in a stand of trees but the deep, early morning shadows was preventing a decent picture. Thankfully she took mercy on this photographer and stepped into the light. I think it makes for a pleasing picture with that soft, golden light of sunrise across her face and much of the rest of her body in the shade.

A White-tailed Deer doe looks into the early morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer doe looks into the early morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

"Hello, deer!"

There is never a shortage of deer to photograph in the areas I frequent. Mule Deer, like this young buck, are particularly numerous and always willing to be photographed. This particular guy was hanging out with a few ladies at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge last weekend.

Portrait of a young Mule Deer buck.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Portrait of a young Mule Deer buck. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young White-tailed Deer buck out for an early morning stroll

It was a cold, frosty morning this past Monday but the cold only seems to make the wildlife even more active. On this day the deer were out in droves, grazing on the plains as the sun rose and temperatures finally started to rise a bit.

White-tailed Deer are North America’s smallest deer. They are very fleet-footed capable of speeds up to 30mph and able to leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet in a single bound. It isn’t often that they will stay and pose for pictures so I was happy that this guy gave me the opportunity.

A young White-tailed Buck takes the time to look around at sunrise on the Great Plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A young White-tailed Buck takes the time to look around at sunrise on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A postcard scene of the Colorado plains and snow-covered Rocky Mountains

Extreme cold and a healthy shot of snow were no deterrent to me venturing out to take pictures two Sundays ago. It is times like these that wildlife almost seems to become more active than normal and perhaps best of all, keeps many of the less dedicated humans at home and out of the way. 😉

As dawn began to cast its light across the scene, I had to stop and just take it all in – the beauty of this state can be awe-inspiring and therapeutic. Two deer does were grazing in the snow-covered grass, one seemed interested in the guy with the camera. Low fog draped across the foothills and towering above, those indomitable mountains in the distance. Just a gorgeous scene that I count myself privileged to have witnessed.

A deer doe stands on the Great Plains with the snow-covered Rocky Mountains in the background.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A deer doe stands on the Great Plains with the snow-covered Rocky Mountains in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Merry Christmas

A pretty exhausting trip for Rudolph and now he is taking a rest before getting ready for next year. 😉

A very Merry Christmas to all of you from my family to yours! Amid all the excitement that today brings, let us pause and remember the reason for the season and give thanks for He who our Lord gave to us on this day:

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”” ~Luke 2:8-14?

Merry Christmas from Tony's Takes.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Merry Christmas from Tony’s Takes. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer buck poses for pictures

These cool dudes are not particularly tough to find at many of the places I frequent for picture taking. Honestly, oftentimes I just keep on driving a lot of times. This guy however was just such a willing photo subject I felt obligated to spend some time capturing him on ‘film.’

Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains.

A Mule Deer buck on Colorado's plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck on Colorado’s plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Buck looking for love (or lust). Doe says, “No way!”

The deer rut is all but over however some bucks keep trying to win the affections of the does. A Mule Deer doe was working her way across a field with a buck casually following along. Not keen on the attention, the doe took off running and the buck gave hot pursuit. I never could get both running in the same frame due to their distance from each other but I at least got a couple of nice sequences of them individually.

A Mule Deer doe runs from the buck that was pursuing her.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer doe runs from the buck that was pursuing her. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pursues a doe during the annual rut.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pursues a doe during the annual rut. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Why yes, darling, I am quite pretty.”

“Why yes, darling, I am quite pretty.” 😉 Female White-tailed Deer appearing to be very proud at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Photo excursions to the Arsenal can sometimes be hit or miss but you can almost always count on finding plenty of deer to take pictures of.

A female White-tailed Deer raises her head and poses for pictures.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female White-tailed Deer raises her head and poses for pictures. (© Tony’s Takes)

Foggy deer

Mule Deer does and fawns seemed a bit interested in the guy with the camera. The fog really made for tough shooting conditions and grainy pics but it also allowed for some unique captures. Taken last weekend at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Mule Deer does and fawns keep close watch on a foggy morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer does and fawns keep close watch on a foggy morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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