Deer - Ryan Taylor

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White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Creekside Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio

"I don't have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields." - Queen Latifah

Once again, another very early image in my portfolio. Creekside Reserve practically feels like my backyard and one of my most visited places, especially when starting out. A late evening brought forth some deer from the woodlands and riparian habitat. Their well camoflauged hair caught me off guard as they jump out in the middle of the trail a few feet ahead of me. I am amazed how I wasn't ill-equipped for the job here. I had the perfect sized zoom lens to reach in close. Physically I stood there motionless, partly from the shock of them scaring me and perhaps to raise the camera slowly.

I could tell pretty quickly the larger one on the right was a male and the left one perhaps a doe or female. The right side deer seemed undeterred by my presence as they stood out in the open. A moment lasting a total ten seconds. This image was a split second before they lept out to the right side of the trail from here. Looking from their spot of escape afterwards, and they were long gone. Such is the elusive life of the deer.

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