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Another staredown

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Driving out of my neighborhood along Bluegrass Drive on June 12th I spotted
a white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus. I stopped to watch it. It stopped to watch me.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 29, 2019 at 4:48 AM

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  1. Too Cool! Amazing opportunity! Great portrait!

    Anita Westervelt

    July 29, 2019 at 4:55 AM

    • Deer are pretty common in our part of Austin, so actually opportunities like this are frequent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2019 at 6:33 AM

  2. Boy, she really is giving you the evil eye, isn’t she?


    July 29, 2019 at 10:10 AM

  3. It’s not an “it”. She is a doe. Probably had a fawn nearby, since it’s that time of the year.


    July 29, 2019 at 12:46 PM

  4. Straight out of central casting. Did you ask for the deer’s SAG card?

    Michael Scandling

    July 29, 2019 at 1:29 PM

  5. They seem to know that we are not allowed to hunt them in town.

    Jason Frels

    July 29, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    • The telephoto lens makes it seem I got closer than I really did. Hunting or no hunting, the deer was still wary of me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2019 at 7:31 AM

  6. What a pretty face! Nice photo!


    July 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM

  7. That capture is priceless, Steve. Perfect timing and perfect focus.


    July 29, 2019 at 8:51 PM

  8. Just for a second I thought I was on the wrong blog! Beautiful!


    July 29, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    • Well, I post animal pictures here, too, though I grant they’re a small minority of all the photos.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2019 at 7:42 AM

      • I know you do animals and insects too, but because I thought you knew Lori (Littlesundog) you’d catch the reference. She always has deer on her site.


        August 3, 2019 at 9:29 PM

  9. Fascinating portrait of a deer, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    July 30, 2019 at 10:21 AM

  10. It’s a beautiful creature, and beautifully framed. I rather like the way the foliage covers part of the ear and neck. It increases a sense of the deer being hidden away, even though you were able to get such a clear image. Even the eyelashes and whiskers are sharp — it’s just lovely.


    July 30, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    • Oh, purist me: I’d’ve preferred having the deer’s head be completely in the clear. As you say, though, the foliage adds a suggestion of hiding. The whiskers are sharp; I’m not sure about the eyelashes (I’m in NY and can’t check the original).

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 31, 2019 at 7:42 AM

  11. I like the natural diffused light it has.


    July 31, 2019 at 7:44 AM

    • I took this picture in the morning, by light that would have been harsher had the encounter occurred later on.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 31, 2019 at 7:47 AM

  12. She’s a beauty!!


    July 31, 2019 at 7:29 PM

  13. Great capture … nice and sharp with good catch-lights in those big beautiful eyes!


    August 1, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    • Thanks, Denise. I was so intent in focusing on the nose that I didn’t even notice those catch-lights.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 1, 2019 at 8:22 PM

  14. Staredown is correct! This doe is on full alert, with ears forward (at you) and narrowed eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised if we could see her stance that she would be stomping her forelegs in warning. Deer are so expressive with body language… this one is giving you full attention. They are magnificent beauties. Absolutely stunning image all around, Steve!


    August 2, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    • I appreciate that, coming as it does from you who know deer much better than I ever could. Sorry I don’t remember the stance this deer took while staring at me; I zoomed in on the dead and didn’t take any full-body pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 2, 2019 at 8:38 PM

  15. To watch you, AND to listen carefully! Nice shot Steve! 🙂


    August 3, 2019 at 2:44 PM

  16. What a beauty! 🙂


    August 4, 2019 at 3:51 PM

  17. Now that I’m here, the best is to load your main page then scroll down through the posts to see what I’ve missed!

    Again, this was a wonderful image and story.

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    August 29, 2019 at 4:05 PM

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