Saturday, August 8, 2009

Camera Critter #70

Before I was forced to move back into town, I lived in a wooded area west of here, near my sister's place. One of the things I enjoyed about that area was the wildlife. Mule Deer were constant visitors to property and were so accustomed to us, we could go about our normal routine and not spook them. At times, there would be upwards of a dozen or more deer laying under trees, or feeding around our house.

After moving into town a little more than six years ago, I have missed seeing the deer. Although we have had a few deer wander into town, and a couple spend an hour or so in the area of my new home, it hasn't been the same.

Thursday evening, I was at my sisters visiting with her and my brother who came in from Texas. Shortly after the sun began to set, a small herd of feeding bucks began making their way across the pasture on my sister's property.

I figured I might have enough light if I pushed the ISO, so I grabbed my camera and headed outside. After slowly and carefully walking to the fenceline, I was able to spend quite a while photographing the deer as they made their way closer and closer to me until they disappeared into the wooded area where I used to live.

One of the larger bucks from the herd

Another large buck

Not as large, but still a nice buck

A pair of alert Mule Deer bucks

The entire herd of ten

Misty Dawn's Camera Critter Meme is a great way to see critters of all types. Go to the Meme homepage here and check out more entries. Then join the fun and let the world see your critters!


Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....just WoW!!! Beautiful.

My 1st time ever, to participate in Camera Critters. Come see my fur baby at Christmas. Happy Weekend.

Pam said...

Those photos are beautiful. I am amazed at the size of those deer. All the deer around here seem to be smaller.

Misty Dawn said...

As you know, I would have been just absolutely over the moon to have been there and seen this!!!

Mimi said...

They're so pretty!

Sandy Kessler said...

never saw that many big racks in one area before sandy

Martha in PA said...

Beautiful animals!


Snap said...

How gorgeous. Glad you can visit your sister and the deer!

Nikki-ann said...

Great captures! :) I'm glad you had your camera with you :)

~Just me again~ said...

Great shots! I carry my camera everywhere. There's nothing like catching an animal in the wild.

~Just me again~ said...

lol oops....I meant catching as a I'm anti-hunting ;)

Chatelaine said...

Your photos are fabulous. What a treat to be able to photograph them
up close and personal.

This week is my first Camera Critters.

Nice to meet you.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

you got some absolutely wonderful shots...such a big head of buck, we should be so lucky around here to see a doe and some fawns.. maybe a young buck.