White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Creekside Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." - Henry David Thoreau
In terms of Southwest Ohio, White Tailed Deer are perhaps the easiest mammal to begin photographing in the wild. They're very large compared to most mammals. You will find them almost anywhere there is woods (deer do not like areas that are too wet however.) And with enough patience, you can grab a decent capture or two if you see them before they see you! Nothing is better than a candid shot of the foraging or walking along, without distressing them of your presence. My favorite spots to find them easily are here at Creekside Reserve as well as Fairborn Community Park, although I have spotted them in a dozen other locations.
This photo is an inspiration and exercise in how wildlife can be camouflaged in their environment. Inspired by Art Wolfe's book Vanishing Act (a must read in my opinion), I wanted to have the subject become almost removed from being clearly in focus and prominent in the frame. The way this deer's dusty brown blends in with the dry wintertime grasses is simply perfect. The goal was to show the animal in its habitat without disturbing it. The pole that the deer is behind is actually from a bird nest box. This image was taken from across the Little Beaver Creek at an overlook of a field of nest boxes. At first I was spending a moment just looking out at these nest boxes with my binoculars looking for any nesting birds. Then I started to see movement from beyond them coming towards me, as you can expect, this single deer crept on out from brush and grasses. I have found that deer typically will follow alongside the Little Beaver Creek or any water source like this.
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