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Winter is long and can be hard on the mule deer in the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. Fortunately some of the valley uplands are off limits to skiing and winter hiking to give the deer a place to winter without being disturbed. As the winter winds down, and some grasses start to show through on south facing slopes, the deer come to that exposed forage. This doe was watching the rest of her small herd closely, and looked as if she was debating on the grass she had found versus keeping up with them. Canon 40D, handheld, f 13, 1/500, focal length 400mm, southern Gros Ventre West butte. Views 1113 as of 12 January 2012, thank you all for dropping by!

Featured in:
- America the Beautiful, December 2013 – thank you so much!
- Americas ~ Rural, Urban, Wild, Free group, August 2009 – thanks so much!
- Antlers, Racks, and Other Horned Animals group, June 2010 – thanks so much!

Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • rosson1
    rosson1over 5 years ago

    Absolute superb work. Wonderful exposure and detail in the animal:))

  • I’m doing a jig… got your comment only moments after uploading this. Your comment is such a delight, Ralph; means a lot coming from you!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings A.M.; An excellent capture ! Love the lighting and composition !

  • Hi Steve, thanks so much; glad to know what strikes you about the shot!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!

  • Hi lorilee, I was getting lost in your flower shots, thinking of how fun it will be to look at them as winter approaches and sets in! Thanks for stopping by!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Jeff Notti
    Jeff Nottiover 5 years ago

    I love this, great capture, i wish i took this.

  • Hi Jeff, thanks so much! Your flower among the reeds shot is great!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    nice work.

  • Hi Jenny, nice to see your smiling face (and also your Cutie Pie’s too, just now); thanks for dropping by and your comment!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 5 years ago

    I agree…perfect exposure and detail. Nice work.

  • Thanks so much, Rick!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, this is so unusual, I love it!

  • Hi Sharon, it must look like another universe compared to Maui! Thanks for stopping by!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image!

  • Thanks, Tamara, nice praise coming from you!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Jeff Notti
    Jeff Nottiover 5 years ago

    Thank you for looking and commenting on my picture…

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature today in Americas ~ Rural, Urban, Wild, Free

    23 August 2009

  • WhooooHoooo! Thank you SO much, Sharon!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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