The deer imposter

The deer imposter - Photograph by Laura Lecce
The deer imposter – Photograph by Laura Lecce

I was so lucky to visit Zion National Park over Thanksgiving weekend, and what a truly spectacular part of the world. There are so many white tailed deer everywhere you turn which was a delight to anyone with a camera. This was my first time seeing a deer with antlers, which of course signifies that this deer is a male. It was quite a delight to see males of various ages with juveniles having small protruding antlers of only a few inches long, to older males with antlers that are very large and elaborately branching. Interesting side fact is that male Chinese water deer do not have antlers, they have tusks and look incredibly strange. So anyway, I took the above photo of a very proud and glorious stag. What makes me laugh about this photo is the male deer hiding in the background, which actually looks more like a dog wearing antlers (with his puffy white cheeks and upwards pointed ears). What a cutie pie!

19 thoughts on “The deer imposter

  1. Wow what a brave deer. It looks like he is about to jump out at you! The title of this post reminds me of one of my friends…she sends me pictures of the moose in her back yard because they are very common where she is from, in Alaska. They’re pesky because they always eat her cabbage. I guess everyone has different imposters, haha.

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    1. I can’t imagine seeing a moose in my yard! I’ve never even seen a moose at all and hope one day I will have the opportunity. I imagine that a moose can eat a LOT of cabbage. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Varla. I was pretty close, but I think these deer are very used to people around, so they were not bothered at all. They just looked at me occasionally, and continued eating. I always take a very long time to get this close so as not to disturb them.

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