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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-02 3:25
Viewed: 3756
Points: 2
[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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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [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. : )

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