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Deer drinking

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I’ve seen many deer, even in my yard in Austin, but not till October 22nd of last year in Zion National Park did I see a deer drinking. The water was the North Fork of the Virgin River.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 24, 2017 at 4:48 AM

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  1. beautiful sight


    January 24, 2017 at 4:54 AM

  2. Steve: Great capture, Steve. I have friends who live in the hill country surrounding San Antonio and they have deer quite often. I’ve seen them myself on a visit.


    January 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

    • Austin is about 85 miles northeast of San Antonio. I live one mile inside the eastern border of the Texas Hill Country, so deer regularly walk through my neighborhood.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2017 at 6:31 AM

  3. Oh, you know I love this image!! Nice, tranquil capture, Steve.


    January 24, 2017 at 7:08 AM

  4. What a lovely, peaceful scene. Now that I think about it, I’ve never seen deer drinking, either. This is a beautiful example of turning ordinary behavior into an extraordinary image.


    January 24, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    • It was a case of good timing. I assume deer drink several times a day, but perhaps most people never see it.

      I see that I took four pictures from the bridge before walking closer and resuming picture-taking a minute and a half later.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2017 at 7:48 AM

  5. I lived in Junction for several years. Deer Central. This is an amazing shot. Serene, quiet, calm and peaceful.


    January 24, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    • Junction and (western) Austin are both in the Hill Country, so I’m not surprised to hear you refer to Junction as Deer Central. We have a slew of them here too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2017 at 7:51 AM

  6. So Nice


    January 24, 2017 at 9:14 AM

  7. Great capture, Steve. Sometimes I’ve seen deer drinking at the bird bath on our lawn, but I haven’t been able to get a picture yet since I never had the camera ready.


    January 24, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    • I was fortunate to be out with my camera equipment (I was in Zion National Park, after all) when I noticed the people on the bridge and followed their line of sight to the deer.

      Maybe you can keep a camera ready next to your window. The bird bath is bound to be a continuing attraction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2017 at 9:43 AM

      • Sometimes I do have the camera easily accessible in a central spot in the house. Maybe I’ll have some luck.


        January 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM

  8. What a dazzling, quiet scene. Since I consider it, I’ve never observed deer drinking, either. This is a wonderful case of transforming common conduct into an exceptional picture.

    Indian Holidays

    January 25, 2017 at 1:58 AM

    • It seems that many of us have never seen a deer drink, even in places where deer are familiar animals. Who knows what other encounters await us?

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2017 at 6:56 AM

  9. So cute. I love deer! I live in Switzerland and sometimes in the summer months when I go jogging in the morning I see them playing. Thanks for sharing! I have a poetry blog on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Have a nice day! Sam 🙂


    February 23, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    • You’re welcome. At the moment I happen to be on New Zealand’s South Island, which has mountains called the Southern Alps. They’re not as tall as yours in Switzerland, but some of them have ice and glaciers even in the summer (which is now in the southern hemisphere).

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 24, 2017 at 3:56 AM

      • I bet they are beautiful. Will you be posting some photos?


        February 24, 2017 at 4:55 AM

        • Yes, eventually, after I get back to Austin and have time to recuperate, organize all my pictures, and then prepare coherent posts.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 25, 2017 at 1:35 AM

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