White-Tailed Deer

by Bethany Plonski February. 24, 2019 399 views

The sun finally decided to come out today, so I tried to fit in a quick photo walk at one of the preserves near my house late this afternoon. It was getting dark and I was just about to call it quits for the day when I heard something rustling in the woods ahead and noticed three white-tailed deer.

They noticed me immediately, and I was worried I'd scare them off, but they must be used to people in the area because I was able to follow them while they walked and ate for about 20 minutes. The smallest one (#1 and 2) kept an eye on me the entire time.

After they had eaten for a bit, they all settled down on the ground like they were ready to sleep for the evening. What sweet, beautiful creatures.

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Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Marvelous photos ! Seems that the youngest was the 'watchdog'. smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! Yes, being so young, it was probably part curiosity and part responsibility. smile

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Laurie Madsen 1 year, 8 months ago

Lovely set!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! It was a lovely experience too. smile

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

I'll bet, especially since they considered you one of them!smile

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Jane Arrietty 1 year, 8 months ago

Funny, lovely little buddy. Great pictures!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jane Arrietty 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! It was really delightful! smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

WOW!!! Wonderful series! Such nice compositions, colors, clarity, detail & bokeh! Bravo!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! It was really nice of them to tolerate me so that I had some time to think about composition a little more than I usually can before I scare my subjects away. smile

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Julia Laporte 1 year, 8 months ago

They’re all good, but #1 is an incredibly amazing shot!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Julia Laporte 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you so much! I was really surprised she kept looking directly at me!

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 8 months ago

gorgeous .. i love spending time with deer.. amazing you got so close.. precious..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! It is another experience I won't forget! It's really special being in the presence of such gentle animals. Made me think of your fawns from the summer. Have you seen them again?

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Sherry Hill Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

in the winter they join with other families and i see a bunch of them walking way off in the woods, perhaps 6-8 of them together.. i'm hoping the mama & babies made it thru hunting season..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope so too! It's interesting that they seem to travel in bigger groups for winter, I've noticed that here too. It's rare to ever see them alone, but safety in numbers, I guess. smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

So beautiful to see nature so close. Love the pictures

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you! It made me so happy to be near them! smile

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Björn Roose 1 year, 8 months ago

Those eyelashes in #1... How sweet is that ? smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 8 months ago

So sweet! I can see why "doe-eyed" became a common expression. smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 8 months ago

In more than one language even. In Dutch it would be "reeënogen" (or referring to the Disney movie "Bambi-ogen") smile

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