Doe’s First Winter

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Focal Length: 500mm
  • Shutter: 1/640 sec
  • ISO: 800
  • Aperture: F/4

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This Photo's ID: 880

Awards / Publications:

  • Published Sylvania Advantage Newspaper, Mid-Nov 2011 Issue for the December Calendar
  • Published as a supporting photo in Digital Photo January 2013
Field Notes Print Info

I had been out tromping through the snow all morning at a local park and was heading back to the ‘ol truck when I spotted this little gal. She was a bit shy at first, but it didn’t take too long for her to start to get a bit curious about me and come over to investigate. After all, it’s not every day you see a guy with three extra legs (tripod) and a huge extra eye (camera / lens).

I could see by her size she was this year’s doe, and this was the first big snowfall of the season. I think she was as curious about that as she was about me!

Anyhow, as she approached, I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to get the shot due to the thick brush all over the place. So, I slowly maneuvered around to a (more or less) open area.

At first she wouldn’t get into position (happens all the time, they just don’t seem to take direction well), but she finally came over and lifted her head over the branch you see at the bottom of the frame. She allowed me to get a few shots then managed to get her face blocked by another twig as I attempted a few more photos.  In the end, this was the shot of the day.


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14 Responses to Doe’s First Winter

  1. Kathy says:

    I am so sorry. I accidentally rated your photo with one star. I received your mass email and was struck by the beauty of this photo and followed the string to your website. She is gorgeous! The beauty and stillness of the photo is breathtaking

  2. Linda Swanson says:

    This picture is awesome, I love it!

  3. Michelle says:

    So lovely!

  4. Carol says:

    This gets a 10 rating from Canada. Beautiful! Compliments to the photographer.

  5. Helen says:

    You take such awesome wildlife pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us!Helen

  6. Kathryn says:

    Enjoyed this picture so much. As I looked directly into her eyes I half expected an ear to move because it looks so live.

  7. Gregory Martin says:

    You patience in remarkable. I am so glad when it is rewarded like this. Thank you.

  8. Pat says:

    just plain beautiful awesome

  9. Donna Yuhas says:

    Beautiful picture. As I look at it, it’s as if you can just reach out and brush the snow off the doe’s head. AWSOME!

  10. beverly says:

    Wow what a job..

  11. Norma says:

    Steve: All the photos in your Back Country Gallery are breathtakingly beautiful!!

  12. Shirley says:

    Now I like this one much better than the frog. I agree with everyone – you are an excellent wildlife photographer. Thank you for sharing.

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