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Taken in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Victor, Montana, USA. I saw this when I was hiking down a ridge. If I had taken three more steps, I could have stepped on it. It was so well camouflaged and still. At first I wasn’t sure it was alive, but an eyelid blinked. The doe must have been further in the woods because I didn’t see her. I quickly moved down the slope but captured a few photos on the way.

Canon EOS 7D, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO: 200, 75 mm

Here is a photo of a mule deer doe I saw on the way up the ridge. Could be the mother, but I don’t know that for sure.

Dec 2011


  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 3 years ago

    Oh Merle, this is a fantastic capture with wonderful clarity, detail , color and light !!! Beautifully done !!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank mother nature!

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanover 3 years ago

    oh WOW!

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    19 June 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, Merle. Congratulations. Cat:)

  • Back after a few days out and saw this wonderful surprise! Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations Merle on your Montana Group feature, Dec 2011. Wonderful capture and so well deserved !!!!

  • Gisela, I just love this photo. Thanks for the feature and the wonderful comment. I appreciate you so much.

    – amontanaview

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