Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
In the middle of a snow storm the other day I looked out the back window to see snow-covered deer ears. The same three does had visited weeks before and had surprised me as I stood on the deck. They just jumped the fence and walked straight over toward the house as pretty as you please with that look in their eyes, “where's the food?” This was uncommon behavior for deer, and here it had happened once again! So with the snow adding some interest, I grabbed a bag of stale corn chips and my camera and began shooting deer.
Normally, I'd never get this close to a doe. They can be aggressive and hurt you badly with their hooves if they attack. I was several feet above her with a sturdy deck rail between us.
I'd chased them away by stomping on the deck at one point, and they went to the neighbors' yard. However, I was ready for fence-jumpers in case they came back….which they did!
I believe this young-un might have been one of the fawns I shot last spring.
We never feed deer…but this was a “special” occasion so I relented. It was obvious by their behavior though that someone's been feeding them regularly. Usually our neighborhood deer never come towards you….but instead keep a safe distance.
Goodbye, “deer” friends, come again some day!
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Great shots of your visitors.
Exceptional post and captures!! Wow......love them all especially the first and #6:)))
Extraordinary shots, what a beauty! They are hungry and cold, poor things, I'm glad I'm not a deer, but I would love to be photographed by you Marsha! :))
Wow, these are fantastic. It's amazing how much snow is building up on them. Absolutely love #2!
They are gorgeous. Great captures, all of them, but especially the shot of the fence jumper! We get deer every day foraging in our deer feeder, I mean compost pile!! We have 2 sets of twins right now and 5 babies total. The mamas were born and raised here too. I love to watch them year after year.
Ah, they're so beautiful. I'm sure they appreciated your kindness :-)
Oh so pretty!! With snow on their faces especially..saved #1 to favs..we never see this! Buy them some deer corn :-)
All fantastic! But #1,2,6... wow!
very nice set!
wow!superb post Marsha!the deers really love you!You've taken so many shots of them, and now seeing them so close!what an amazing set!
Lovely shots, they look a bit on the fat side mind you, I hope the chips where low-fat? ;)
they look absolutely pretty!they must be hungry too!or it is easier for them to get some food from men.time is changing.
Oh my gosh, these are fantastic Marsha!!!!!!!they must have been very hungry!
Great set. I wouldn't be able to resist feeding animals that would starve otherwise.
Wow. I'm surprised that they couldn't find shelter. Beautiful post!
Amazing shots, Marsha! You are so lucky to live in an area where these wonderful animals and others come right up to your house! I know they can be a nuisance eating plants in the summer, but for them, I don't think I'd care! Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I'll put #4 into my favs!
A big Awwwwwwww going on here! Awesome set!
TFS this wonderful experience ,great set.
The expression in #1 is so appealing I think I might just have to put it into my favourites. Wonderful set Marsha. Great report. I think Redro puts my feelings into words.
I'm glad you don't follow blindly the rules Marsha.I know it's not good to feed wild animals because they should keep away from populated places, but in special situations like snow storms when they can't find anything to eat people should act in a way to save them not to condemn them to starvation, even if that means to bend the law...What's more important after all ? If you don't do it regularly it will be the best compromise.How could somebody say NO to the face in #2 :) ??? !This is a very special post. Great pictures and story.
Amazing set! Well done!
Oh very sweet, very cute set !! j'aime le regard de cet animal, et la dernière est émouvante !! bravo Marsha ! dans mes favoris bien sûr !!
Oh my gosh!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Aren't you so lucky to have gotten this close to these gorgeous creatures AND to have had camera handy! GREAT set!!! Going into my faves!
What a truly beautiful and extraordinary set... truly a priviledge to see them so close.
what a nice surprise and beautiful guests :)
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