Portraits of Mule Deer in Willows

Pair of Mule Deer in willows, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahPair of Mule Deer in willows – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I haven’t photographed Mule Deer in a while so when I saw a pair of them in willows next to a creek last week I felt I had to take their photos, especially because of all the lush greenery that surrounded them. I was up in a canyon in the Wasatch Mountains and it is so, so much greener up there than down in the valley where the hot temps have already dried up most of the grasses.

This pair of Muleys came into view and because they were close I decided to leave my teleconverter on and take portraits of the deer. Both deer seemed curious and instead of moving away they moved towards the vehicle.

Mule Deer doe in willows, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahMule Deer doe in willows – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When the doe was separated from the buck I was able to take a series of photos that showed off her very large ears, her eye lashes and her deep brown eyes, they are so dark that her eyes almost look black.  She stands out so well from the green of the willows in the background.

Young Mule Deer buck in the willows, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahYoung Mule Deer buck in the willows – Nikon D500, f9, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I laughed out loud when I saw the sideways look I appeared to be getting from the young Mule Deer Buck on my computer monitor at home. I liked this photo so much that I used it to make a birthday card for my grandson Luke who celebrated his birthday on Friday and placed the words “Happy Birthday Deer Luke” to the right of the buck’s face.

It was fun to have these Mule Deer in my viewfinder for a few minutes, I would have liked to have photographed them for a longer period of time but a noisy diesel pickup rumbled by and made a racket which scared the deer up and over a hill.

Life is good.



  1. Pepe Forte July 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I love the depth you captured in the eyes of the deer. Thanks Mia.

  2. Sybill Reed June 24, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    HI! Loved the photo’s of the deer! I saw some when we were out in the Mountains. But they were running down to that river and down hill! I sure enjoyed watching you shooting! A time I will always hold dear to my heart! Love ya’s mom

  3. Elephants Child June 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    How I love your portraits.
    And these are (as always) stunning.

  4. Azstu June 24, 2018 at 8:25 am

    excellent series of photos as always Mia

  5. Tim Traver June 24, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Love the skeptical look on the young buck’s face. He’s so onto you, but they let you get so close too.

  6. Kathy June 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Very nice! Love the eyes of deer…so soft in appearance! And the lashes…oh my! 😍

  7. Bob mcpherson June 24, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Beautiful photos, Mia

  8. Liz Cormack June 24, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Wonderful photos! I laughed at the young buck’s sideways glance as well.

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