Yet another sign of spring in the wildlife kingdom. Almost immediately after shedding their antlers in the winter, deer bucks begin growing their new ones. This handsome fellow had some nice, thick ones going already and judging by his size, he is one of the seniors of the area. He seemed to be rather proud of the new growth, tucking back his ears, raising his nose and giving me a nice view of the budding antlers.
Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains. This particular one was out and about on the prairie northeast of Denver, Colorado this past Sunday morning following a late season snowfall.
After weeks with very little precipitation and with drought conditions worsening, the Colorado Front Range finally has received some relief over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some good days of rain and one, quick snowfall, all of which were very welcome.
This pretty White-tailed Deer doe however probably did not care too much for the overnight rains recently as she looked quite soaked to the bone. From a photographers standpoint though, the rain was useful it making her look quite pretty. This time of year the deer are switching to their summer coats so they look kind of scraggly. The wet helped to mitigate that look.
One type of wildlife you will find in abundance at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is deer. The Mule Deer in particular are easy to get pics of, the White-tails tend to be a bit more skittish but there are a good number of them. I happened across this young one as well as a few does recently. The adults largely ignored me but this little one was pretty fascinated by the guy with the camera.
😉 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.