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I'm Mixed Up
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-15 18:10
Viewed: 4214
Points: 38
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Hi All,
Today I got a call from a co-worker that I should come see a strange deer he found, well this is him. This Mule Deer Buck is one of the strangest I have seen, at first I thought it was broken, but with closer inspection I don't believe it is, then what. We think maybe when the antler was first forming in the spring he may have damaged it and it grew down. Fell free to cast your theory in the pile. Hope your having a great weekend, while I work.

eqshannon, Evelynn, jaycee, bobair, Alex99, ramthakur, siggi, PeterZ, NinaM, CeltickRanger, angela926, Jamesp, MMM has marked this note useful
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To Evelynn: Many ThanksAdanac 1 11-15 19:24
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Obviously a classic...I am certain the conjecture you speak of was right! But having said that....being able to capture it and then share it...that was almost a miracle..sort of like the "White Buffalo" Janesville but this one not in legend and y obviously true!

Hi Rick

Thank you for capturing and sharing it for us

He looks healthy and fat but his crown is a bit askew! I've never seen anything like it.

I looked up some info on the net. The URL is quite long!!


There was a picture of a similar skull and antlers. "The entire pedicel and skull plate broke loose from the skull after the antlers had already formed, resulting in a freak up-and-down orientation of the antlers"

It also said that "when a deer's antlers are growing, they are so soft that they are easily bent or broken. As a rule, the antlers do not break off but are knocked out of shape."

I suppose this fellow has another chance next year to be a handsome crowned prince of the woods!

Hello Rick

I agree with your theory of how this unique look has taken place.
This deer was probably the one all of the other deer used to laugh and call him names.
Very good focus and sharp details.
The eye contact is excellent.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-15 19:21]

Hi Rick,

At least you get to see some fascinating things in your work! Thank your co-worker - he did a great service to TN. We never would have seen anything like this. I imagine your theory is correct - hard to think of another cause. He looks quite proud of being different as he poses for the camera. A wonderful shot of him in his natural habitat.


Hello Rick

I agree with your theory of how this unique look has taken place.
Very good focus and sharp details.
The eye contact is excellent.

Hi Rick,
now this is an unusual photo to say the very least most definitely one worthwhile having been captured!The antler sure isn't hanging there as it looks solidly attached to Mr. Buck.I am a champion of all things unique and individual and this is a very special photo indeed.The photo has a good point of view with nicely focused details but it looks a little ashen or muted somewhat as I would like to see a little more colour to liven it up,but that is a subjective thing after all.I need to create an additional theme for personal favorites as this shot is just that,an instant favorite because of it's uniqueness.Thank you sir for giving us one of the best photos of this year for it's novel look and feel,outstanding. Bob

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-15 22:18]

Hi Rick.
This is really an amazing and rare scene. Your note is very interesting and shot is attractive. Unique phenomenon and perfect reflection of it. Very impressive farming and details of the image. Grass and bushes are fine too. Bravo.

Very interesting picture, Rick. Apparently, you seem to be right about the deformed antlers.
The animal looks lovable despite its handicap.
Well done and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-16 1:17]

Hello Rick,
Wonderful image of this beautiful Deer Buck.Love the detail and colors,he looks very relaxed in this pose.POV and composition are exellent.Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-16 2:36]

Hello Rick,
Yes, indeed this is very strange. I've never heard of it. Wonderful!
Beautiful photo in very sharp details, good low POV and composition.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-16 9:17]

You see, Rick, I was born with a finger in place of my nose and had to go surgery ;-) I guess it happens to deers too! It is nice and has survived well, we can tell, just looking at the fat tissue grown all over the body of this deer. It is ready for the hard winter months and I wish it plenty of food, not too much snow and survival until next spring. Thank you!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-16 10:52]

Hi Rick,
it does look like some kind of deformity. Your theory is pretty likely.
Very well captured.
A clear view that's sharp and detailed.

Well done,

he is the famous cartoon hero:

anyway, I hope that he will grow a nice antler next year

hello Rick

i would say strange and funny image, excellent shot of this deer
with fine POV and framing, specialy when we look the way
his antlers are framed in the image, excellent sharpness
and details, wonderful eye-contact with you, TFS


Hello Rick,
This really is unusual, good sharpness and details, great pose and nice eye contact, lovely natural colors and good clarity

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-16 23:09]

Hi Rick

Great capture of this weird-looking mule deer. Well captured.


Very interesting buck.
Interesting to note that the antler is perfectly formed. Only the direction is wrong. A damage during the early growth might have cause it to have a wrong shape. I would rather think the buck was born so. The antler next year will tell. Will it grow downward again?
[I like your original pic more than the workshop from Bobair]

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-17 6:57]

Hi Rick
That is an outstanding capture.Good POV I like the he is looking at you.The image is sharp with great fur detail.
TFS Michel

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-25 11:57]

Interresting and beautiful shot. Pretty amazing, well done!


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