|Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn)
|Date Taken: 2005-08-25|
|Camera: Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom|
|Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-01-02 3:25|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This was taken in Waterton National Park in southwestern Canada. The park is contiguous to Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. At first I thought it was a white tailed deer of which there are three subspecies in southern British Columbia into Alberta. Another photo of the same deer shows a white tail with a black tip which indicates it is a mule deer, but it seems to lack the characteristic white around the eyes. The black along the neck is also interesting. |
"Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer
Mule deer and white-tailed deer are similar in size and appearance. Their color varies with the season but is generally light brown in summer, turning dirty-gray in winter. While both species are considerably smaller than elk, the mule deer is a little stockier than the white-tailed deer. The mule deer has a white rump, a white tail with a dark tip, and large mule-like ears. It inhabits open forests along valley floors. Waterton townsite has a healthy population of mule deer. The white-tailed deer's tail is dark on top. But when the animal runs, it holds its tail erect, revealing an all-white underside. White-tails frequent thickets along the rivers and lakes of the foothills. They are most common on the British Columbia side of the Continental Divide."
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- [2006-01-03 4:06]
Very sharp capture of this doe (?). Excellent light as well.
I really like the way her ears are "crossed" and the way she turns her head. It has a weird effect: When I look at it, the head sometimes looks like it is in front of the body, and sometimes in back. Rather hypnotic effect. : )
Great shot and TFS. : )