Frosty Mule Deer Buck in Snow

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Mule Deer buck in snowMule Deer buck in snow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +1.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Last year I complained that we didn’t have much snow and we didn’t but this year is turning out to be more snowy than last winter was. Since moving to Utah most of the winters I have seen have been pretty snowy and the winter of 2013/2014 was a bit above normal at times.

I photographed this frosty Mule Deer buck in snow on Antelope Island State Park in December of 2013 while he was following a few does through a field of snow-covered mullein. He stopped for a few seconds and looked right at me and I had to chuckle because I thought the frosty area in front of his antlers looked like it was covered in diamonds in the bright light. Kind of his crowning glory.

Life is good.



  1. Deborah January 5, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Gorgeous photo.

  2. Utahbooklover January 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderful image with the eye contact. The snow has been nice but very chilly!

  3. Elephant's Child January 4, 2016 at 11:52 am

    And a delightful antidote to the sweaty season we are currently enduring.

  4. Wally January 4, 2016 at 9:02 am

    What a splendid photograph! I like that “crown”! I’ll even concede the snow is beautiful – especially since it’s in a picture.

  5. Humming bird lover January 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi! What a wonderful photo! Love the snow on and around him! Makes the deer stand out so great! Keep up your great shooting! Have a special day! love mom

  6. Liz Cormack January 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Love it! I wonder if the does were impressed with his “crowning glory”. Ha,ha!

  7. Bob Mcpherson January 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful picture Mia. He is dressed up for the occasion.

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