More Deer

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been seeing huge herds of deer lately. Not only are the herds large, but there are also lots of them. Deer are generally pretty skittish; they often take off running as soon as you even start to slow your vehicle down, and if you actually stop the car they are gone! Not lately though. I guess its a bit of herd mentality kicking in because it seems that as long as there are more than about 10 deer together, they don’t seem to mind posing for a few pictures before slowly wandering away.

Yesterday I was able to stop my truck and enjoy a few quiet minutes with two different large herds of at least 30 animals.

This large buck watched me for a little while, but he never bothered to walk away, even when the rest of his family left.

Male Mule Deer in Winter at Sunset

These animals kept snacking and weren’t at all concerned that I was watching.

Herd of Mule Deer in winter at sunset

Herd of Mule Deer in winter at sunset

At least these next two paid attention to me, and they eventually wandered away, but it was still a very cool experience to be able to sit there and watch them going about their business.

Mule Deer in Winter at Sunset

Male Mule Deer in winter at Sunset

Prairie sunsets are often glorious, and this day was no exception. I had seen this particular herd of deer near this hill a couple of times over the previous few days and so I was on the lookout for them as I approached. When I saw them on top of the hill with the cloud formation glowing with the sunset in the background I had to stop.

A Herd of White-tailed Deer on a hilltop at sunset

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Sean lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is surrounded by majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and constantly changing prairie landscapes. While focusing on the beauty of the prairies, including the sweeping horizons, the vegetation, and the birds and animals, the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains are also a favorite place to wander and photograph.