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Precious Mule Deer fawn among wildflowers

Check out this cutie! I happened upon it this past Sunday. It was calmly, laying down and enjoying a cool morning while mom grazed nearby. The curious look on its face and the flora surrounding the fawn really make for a pretty picture I think.

A Mule Deer fawn lies among wildflowers at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer fawn lies among wildflowers at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A trio of Deer in the early morning light

Out for a morning photo drive not far from my camping spot, I happened across these pretty ladies as they grazed their way across the valley. I shot a number of pics of them in the golden light of sunrise but this was the only one that I got with all of them looking at me at the same time. Taken west of Grand Lake, Colorado.

Three Mule Deer does keep watch in the early morning sun near Grand Lake, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Three Mule Deer does keep watch in the early morning sun near Grand Lake, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer fawn plays hide and seek in the grass

What a cutie, eh? I happened across it a couple weeks ago as it hid in some tall grass. Mom was out in the open about 30 feet away but had stashed her two little ones out of view – for the most part. Every now and then, curiosity would get the best of this one and it would peek its head up to look around and see who was there. I managed to snag a few images when it did, making for a cute capture.

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch from a protected area among tall grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch from a protected area among tall grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed Deer fawn gets some quiet time with mom

What an absolute treat it was to spend time with these two this past Sunday! Deer are quite common so I don’t typically spend much time photographing them however, this time of year means babies – and lots of them. Now those will get my attention.

Indeed, on this morning I counted a half dozen white-tail fawns and at least that many mule deer fawns, all likely born in the previous 72 hours or so. This pair was in a meadow in the post-dawn light. Mom alternated between grazing and cleaning her newborn.

The fawn enjoyed the attention but also displayed periods of braveness for someone so new to the world, occasionally wandering away to explore. I spent more than a half hour watching and photographing them, truly a special time.

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn and its mother enjoy some quiet time. (© Tony’s Takes)

Nubby the White-tailed Deer buck

I don’t know that this guy really appreciated the nickname I gave him. 😉 It was however cool to see this buck with his antlers starting to grow out, yet another sign of spring. No doubt those antlers will be far more impressive later this summer when fully grown.

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 buck shows the start of its antlers.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer buck shows the start of its antlers. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer doe lit up by the morning light

Well this pretty lady looked even more beautiful when bathed in the golden light of sunrise. Most of the deer right now look a little bit rough as they lose their winter coats but this one was the exception. Found across western North America, Mule Deer are aptly named for their over-sized ears.

Image taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A Mule Deer doe takes in the rising sun on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer doe takes in the rising sun on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

She’s got eyes for me

Perhaps I should be flattered, eh? 😉 This pretty Mule Deer doe was grazing recently on the Colorado plains and paid me quite a bit of attention. I don’t expect it was my startling good looks though that had her on alert.

A Mule Deer doe in the soft morning light. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer doe in the soft morning light. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little Mule Deer weather the cold and snow

Denver saw some pretty cruddy weather this past Saturday but, as you saw from the pics I posted before, it did make for some pretty scenes. Also, the deer were present as they always are and they seemed to enjoy licking the frost and snow off the foliage. This little one was quite cute with those frost / snow covered ears. Found across western North America, as you might expect, Mule Deer are named for their over-sized ears.

A young Mule Deer is covered in frost and snow on a bone-chilling cold morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Mule Deer is covered in frost and snow on a bone-chilling cold morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer buck focuses on the photographer

It seemed I caught this handsome fellow by surprise. He was grazing along with his head down and I was happily snapping some pictures. When it picked its head up, it suddenly realized that there was a pesky human with a camera. Kind of though the look on its face was amusing. Taken back in October at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

A Mule Deer buck pays close attention. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pays close attention. (© Tony’s Takes)

Me and my shadow

This handsome Mule Deer buck was being shadowed by a younger, less impressive guy. Most annoyingly, the younger one seemed to insist on getting himself in my shot too. I imagine the big guy saying, “Leave me a lone, kid.” 🙂

Thank you to the folks that stopped by the Thornton art show yesterday – it was nice to meet you all and thank you too for your support. If you missed it, you can of course get stuff online. I have some landscape and wildlife calendars left over and ready to go.

Two Mule Deer bucks stand proud on the Great Plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Mule Deer bucks stand proud on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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