Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mule Deer Morning - Always a Thrill

Mule Deer Morning

The local wildlife is becoming more active because the morning light is brighter and the winter weather is warmer. The forest is slowly waking to the sound of flickers, chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers.

Recently, while walking through a drowsy woodland, I stumbled across a small herd of deer. I found them on a rocky hillside foraging for brush, branches and anything else they could find.

They were a tight-knit bunch of females and yearlings and they were unconcerned by my presence. Because hunting is not allowed in the area, they tolerate the intrusion of humans into their domain.

If anything, the mule deer were intensely curious as they contemplated my activity. I remained quiet and still and watched while they gracefully negotiated the mountain’s rugged terrain.

Fortunately, I was able to document this intimate encounter. I had my phone with me so I was able to take some pictures and get a quick video in order to capture their extraordinary movement.

The muleys gradually made their steep ascent up to the ridge and vanished from my view. It was a fleeting interaction with an animal that is considered quite common but for me, an unexpected path-crossing with these impressive creatures is always a thrill.

A rocky hillside

They were curious about my activity

An intimate encounter

Impressive creatures

They made a steep ascent

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