Saturday, May 31, 2008

Camera Critter Sunday No. 8

When I lived in a nice place west of town and set back about 400 feet from the road in Juniper badlands, we had deer constantly hanging around the house. Of course, we fed them Purina Deer Chow and we could go about our normal business and the deer wouldn't bolt...they'd just lay there chewing their cud watching what we did.

After moving out of that place, I thought I would never get close enough to a Mule Deer to get a good shot again. That is until June 19, 2007 and this week's Camera Critter Meme.

It was near 100 degrees that day and myself and a friend went to a nearby state park called Smith Rock. As we walked along the roadway heading towards some Golden Eagle nests, we came across this Mule Deer resting in the shade. She let me get as close as my lens would allow (I had a 70-300mm zoom on the camera) and didn't bat an eye. She stared at me almost the entire time...but I didn't want a staring contest photo. So I asked my friend to cough and when he did, she turned to look towards him and I got this shot.



Both my friend and I spent a few more minutes imaging this cooperative doe and then headed off for the nesting cliffs. When we returned, she was gone. But we did enjoy our short time together with her.

Oh...and the eagle nests were empty when we arrived.

17 comments:

ratmammy said...

what a fantastic shot!!

Me & my puppies said...

Beautiful photo ~ how wonderful she let you get close. Better luck next time on your trip to the Golden nest.

Misty Dawn said...

OK - I see what you are doing here... well it worked... I am now OFFICIALLY and MAJORLY JEALOUS!!! You KNOW that is my second favorite animal ever - now exactly HOW am I supposed to visit all of the other Camera-Critters posts when I can't stop staring at this beauty???

You get some of the most magnificent shots ever! Eventually, I'll be able to snatch that pebble and make you proud ;-)

Texas Travelers said...

Great photo of the deer.
Perfect exposure.
Really like the colors.

Our CC has stood up.
Come visit,
Troy and Martha

Kittilicious said...

Awesome shot! Absolutley amazing!

imac said...

What a fantastic shot, very well captured.

Pop and see my CC.

Tammy said...

GORGEOUS! What an amazing shot!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh boy, this is a wonderful photo. I am really impressed!!!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

i beati said...

splendid photo moreso with description sk

Indrani said...

Lucky you, the deer did give a good pose! You must be living in a amazing place.

Zoey said...

wonderful shots!

Stine said...

What a beauty!

andrée said...

What a lovely sweet doe! I visited the west when young and saw many mule deer. You have a wonderful photo here.

Dianne said...

she's a beauty!

and you got such a perfect photo of her.

B. Roan said...

Perfect shot.

byrningbunny said...

How incredible and cool for you guys! You took a great shot of this cooperative lady.

Lilli & Nevada said...

that was a good shot of the deer