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In The Brush

In The Brush
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-24 7:42
Viewed: 2614
Points: 44
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Mule Deer

Mule Deer have large ears that move constantly and independently, from whence they get their name, "Mule" or "Burro Deer." They do not run as other deer, but have a peculiar and distinctive bounding leap (stotting) over distances up to 8 yards, with all 4 feet coming down together. In this fashion, they can reach a speed of 45 m.p.h. for short periods.

This stocky deer with sturdy legs is 4 to 6-1/2 feet in length and 3 to 3-1/2 feet high at the shoulder. During the summer, the coat on its upper body is yellow- or reddish-brown, while in winter more gray. The throat patch, rump patch, inside ears and inside legs are white with lower portions running cream to tan. A dark V-shaped mark, extending from a point between the eyes upward and laterally is characteristic of all Mule Deer but is more conspicuous in males.

Males are larger than females. The bucks' antlers, which start growth in spring and are shed around December each year, are high and branch forward, forking equally into 2 tines with a spread up to 4 feet.

The Mule Deer is slower and less colorful than the White-tailed Deer, but its pastel, gray-buff color provides a physical adaptation to the desert environment which disguises it from predators like the Cougar, the Coyote and the eagle who will swoop down on a fawn.

Mule Deer have no canine teeth and, like the cow, have a multi-part stomach, the first two chambers of which act as temporary storage bins. Food stored here can be digested later when the deer chews its cud.


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hello Jane

superb shot of this deer hided in the vegetations,
i love his eye contact with your camera lens

in french we say photo prise sur le vif
and your photo is one like that, TFS


Yes and you too have a change today! The mule deer although it is not as common as it once was up here. I do and have seen them...very fine animal..and a interesting capture for you!

It always surprises me to find deer of any kind in the desert. They should be to delicate to survive but apparently are not. One of the largest herd of deer I ever saw was on the road that goes between the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains over to Redington by the San Pedro River. Ironically, just last Sunday I took some pictures of deer but they really were not that good.

You caught this deer in a good pose.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-24 9:56]

Hi Jane . I can see where it gets its name. a big set of ears.It has its eyes on you. you have captured good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Hi Jane,
LOL, what is it with their ears? They have the longest ears I have ever seen :) This is a very cute capture of a beautiful animal :) Thanks,

Hello Jane
Very nice shot of this Mule Deer,
Great focusing,composition and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello Jane you do have some amazing variety in your portfolio what an excellent addition, I like the composition and eye contact. It's cute the way it hides. tfs rgds Necip

Nice shot of the this muley. I rarely see mule deer on TN, although I do think some of the whitetails are misidentified. Is misidentified a word? ;) I have had too much coffee. Great shot!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-24 18:30]

Hi Jane,
I thought it was a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush or was it a deer in the bush is worth two in the hand. I'm confussed but this image is beautiful, I love big ears.
Thanks Jane.

Hello Jane,
This is a good close up shot of the Mule Deer!
very good clarity, natural colouration and details
thanks for the informative notes that comes with it
many thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-25 1:32]

Woah! Those ears are nearly as big as it's head!!
This shot has really natural lighting and colours.
The composition is exceptional and you have used the Rule of Thirds really well.
Some OE areas but generally an even exposure.
Very interesting note.
Well done Jane!

Hi Jane,
A good capture of this mule deer. Well captured with good details and very good notes to it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane, wonderful portrait of lovely deer in the brush with excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

What a cutie hiding in the bush! Good detail and pleasing composition. TfS, Richard

hello jane,
i have been quite irregular here since last couple of weeks so might have missed your work, this is a fine capture and i liked the way the deer is looking at you, nice pov and well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-25 9:48]

Hello Jane,
Nice capture of a Mule Deer among the vegetation in the sun as it is keeping a watchful eye on you. The large ears stand out well in this excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing this sunny shot,

Sweet!!! Great in-habitat shot. The deer is actually looking directly at you!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 20:13]

Hello Jane

This looks familiar to me.my kind of shot!
Lovely eye contact with excellent detail.I love the alert pose,the ears tell a story here.
Very good POV.
The conifer tree makes a wonderful backdrop.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-25 21:51]

Hello Jane,
Nice shot from this deer hiding behind the bushes
very well camouflaged, I don't think there is deer
around Phoenix, so you're very lucky, i wish i could
see one... great POV and composition


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-26 6:39]

Hello Jane, great capture of this Deer, good eye contact, sharp details and good composition. Well done, thanks !


Hello friend Jane!
A wonderful capture of the mule deer with lovely details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors friend!

All the best!

Hi Jane

A Lovely capture of this beautiful mule deer with splendid focus, wonderful colors, great light and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Greetings, Bahadır

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