Mule Deer leaping over a fence in Box Elder County

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Mule Deer leaping over a fenceMule Deer leaping over a fence – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Earlier this month I photographed a Yellow-bellied Marmot and a Golden Eagle while traveling up in northern Utah to look for birds to photograph, it wasn’t a super birdy day but I was happy to get out in the fresh air, the sunshine and it helped with my cabin fever. I loved the marmot photos I took that day and even though I only had a few seconds with the Golden Eagle I was at least pleased with the perched shots I took of it.

The Yellow-bellied Marmot wasn’t the only mammal I saw and photographed that day, I also saw a small herd of Mule Deer crossing the road to head up the slope. I didn’t have time to remove my teleconverter before the deer decided to jump the fence and I knew I might clip parts of the deer as they sailed over the barbed wire. I got lucky and the first Mule Deer that leaped over the fence filled my viewfinder and I didn’t clip anything. This image is full frame of her leaping over the fence, any closer and I would have had clipped body parts and ruined images. If her legs hadn’t been drawn up as she sailed over the fence they would have been in my delete bin too.

Seeing the image again I felt a bit sad this morning for all the road blocks we put in wildlife’s way, for all the things we build or create that put them at risk of harm. We aren’t a very kind species.

But there are those of us who care, who will fight for the birds and animals and I find comfort in that.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover March 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    A great jump and a great capture by you Mia. Yes, sad how little regard humans give to other species.

  2. Elephant's Child March 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Sigh. I belong to a species which often fills me with shame.
    Glad that this beauty was able to make that leap.

  3. Patty Chadwick March 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I HATE that damned stuff!!!!!!!!!!!! especislly what it does to horses, prongs and sometimes even birds….DeviI’s wire…..

  4. Patty Chadwick March 21, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I hate that damned stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Liz Cormack March 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Good thing she cleared the fence as I see that it’s barbed wire. So beautiful & graceful. Lovely photo.

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