Mule Deer

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I just returned from a vacation to Redfish Lake in central Idaho. I have been there 21 out of the last 23 summers and have never seen so many deer. They didn't seem very afraid of people, either.

First three taken with D70 and 70-200 VR lens

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I came across these by surprise while on a walk. I was taking landscape shots previously and forgot to bump up the shutter speed for the moving deer--darn.

Taken with D70 and 18-70mm lens

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The habitat of the deer family--what a wonderful place to live!!!

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Gallery in progress of entire trip
http://www.pbase.com/terrif/redfish_lake_vacation_2005
 
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Terri,

These are great. I really envy you for getting to relax in such a beautiful place. Looks like heaven with photo op's. :wink:
 
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Great series, Terri!! You must have been able to get close to those guys with those lenses to get these shots! They look good and healthy. Must be that nice habitat!
 
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I'm guessing about 6' away for the fawn shot? Mule deer are usually ok with people, they are actually a little too tame around the Grand Canyon, you have to be careful, they don't run from cars!
Beautiful area of the country, at least this time of year. The winter, well, I don't like the cold.......
 
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I was very close

I was able to shoot the head shots at 200mm and the fawn was at 70mm. I'm really not too good at guessing distances but would guess that both were shot at less than 15 feet. I just kept walking closer and closer to the deer in the first shots and it didn't run away. The shots with the fawns were shot from a bridge and I was really close to them.

They are beautiful animals. We saw lots of them wandering through the campground, totally unafraid of being close to lots of people.

Glad you all enjoyed the photos. That part of Idaho is absolutely gorgeous. No wonder so many rich celebrities want to move to Sun Valley. This lake is probably about an hour or so away from Sun Valley. Haven't been to Sun Valley for a few years so can't remember for sure.
 
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Hi Terri,

Great series! Love the fawn shots. Isn't it great when they don't run away. :) I'll never forget one Scout camp I was on in the Stein Valley when one sauntered though our camp coming within a few feet of us.

It looks like you have found a beautiful spot to vacation.
 

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