Mule Deer on the Parker Range

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A Mule Deer on the Parker RangeA Mule Deer on the Parker Range – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m back from my trip to Wayne County, Utah and although it wasn’t a very birdy trip I enjoyed getting out and away from the city.

High up on the Parker Range there was a large stand of Aspen and just outside of the trees there was a Mule Deer grazing on the green grasses. I was able to photograph her before she moved across the dirt road towards another stand of aspens in the distance.

A Mule Deer in an Aspen ForestA Mule Deer in an Aspen Forest – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Although the stand of trees was a long way from any town I could still see signs that humans had been there being destructive because of the carvings in the trees. I’ve never been tempted to carve my initials into a tree and I don’t understand why people do it unless it is to say “I was here” but I know I would much rather be there, enjoy it and leave no trace.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover June 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I admit when I was a teen I did such things and saw nothing wrong at the time but sure do now!

  2. Patty Chadwick June 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Nice shots of that Muley…sad that some jerks decided to deface the trees…same type of jerk that paints graffitti on walls and rocks, and takes “selfies” of themselves everywhere they go…WHY???? What’s the point????

    • Elephant's Child June 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I have heard that the French call ‘selfies’ braggies. Which makes sense. Despite the fact that the selves have very little to brag about.
      My father taught us ‘take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints’. Which makes sense to me.
      Love that deer. And its peaceful environ.

  3. Alex (stu) June 4, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Love how proud she stands in the photos. head held high.. very stately. Great photos. We need to introduce ‘cameras’ to all the nature destroying carvers.. thats the way normal humans show they were there.

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