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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 8:14
Viewed: 2758
Points: 56
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Mule Deer

The Mule Deer, while closely related to the eastern species-the white-tailed deer, are remarkably distinct in their biological, ecological, and behavioral attributes.

The Mule Deer carries its thin, black-tipped tail drooped, unlike the uplifted, bushy white tail of its cousin. They have a distinctly different gait from the leisurely, graceful leaps of the white-tail. When startled, a Mule Deer will move in a series of stiff-legged jumps with all four feet hitting the ground together.

Mule Deer are usually a dark gray-brown, with a small white rump patch and a small, black-tipped tail. Their large ears are distinctive. White-tail deer are tan in color, with a larger tail.

Mule Deer antlers are normally smaller and branch to form 2 equal forks, while the male White-tailed Deer has forward curving antlers with a number of points (tines) branching from the main beam.

Mule Deer have large ears that move constantly and independently, from whence they get their name, "Mule" or "Burro Deer." They do not run as other deer, but have a peculiar and distinctive bounding leap (stotting) over distances up to 8 yards, with all 4 feet coming down together. In this fashion, they can reach a speed of 45 m.p.h. for short periods.

This stocky deer with sturdy legs is 4 to 6-1/2 feet in length and 3 to 3-1/2 feet high at the shoulder. During the summer, the coat on its upper body is yellow- or reddish-brown, while in winter more gray. The throat patch, rump patch, inside ears and inside legs are white with lower portions running cream to tan. A dark V-shaped mark, extending from a point between the eyes upward and laterally is characteristic of all Mule Deer but is more conspicuous in males.

Males are larger than females. The bucks' antlers, which start growth in spring and are shed around December each year, are high and branch forward, forking equally into 2 tines with a spread up to 4 feet.

The Mule Deer is slower and less colorful than the White-tailed Deer, but its pastel, gray-buff color provides a physical adaptation to the desert environment which disguises it from predators like the Cougar, the Coyote and the eagle who will swoop down on a fawn.

Mule Deer have no canine teeth and, like the cow, have a multi-part stomach, the first two chambers of which act as temporary storage bins. Food stored here can be digested later when the deer chews its cud.


The plant next to the Mule Deer appears to be a yucca species.

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To Gert-Paassen: Mules and Mule Deerjaycee 1 10-08 14:47
To nglen: Desert Animalsjaycee 1 10-08 14:41
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-08 8:34]

Hi Jane,what a fantastic point of view!!! Nothing better to show this mule,this pic is a great idea and a perfect realisation,my best compliments for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-08 8:35]

Hello Janer!
Very nice capture. Details,lighting,sharpness,POV and your cute model are wonderful.TFS

hi Jane

Suburp shot of this cute Mule deer.
Good pov, sharpness and beautiful colours.
Goo notes too.
Are an Mule different then an mule deer?


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-08 9:29]

Hi Jane
Nice capture.Different POV and sharp image.Colors and light are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-08 10:00]

Hello Jane,
A fine image very well composed to not only portray a doe Mule Deer but to show what is for me a remarkable plant that looks like some kind of cactus towering over the deer.
The image is technically great, as is the lighting and blue sky BG.
Very nice to view and thanks for sharing it,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-08 10:35]
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Hi Jane. i dont think i have seen a Mule Deer. I like the pose you have captured in this one. It looks like a good meal would do it good. You have good detail and colours. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.


Hi My big Sis Jane,

A locvely and wonderful capture of this beauty in a fine composition. I loved her earlaps:) TFS and cheers,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-08 11:42]

Hello Jane,
Excellent POV and composition. Good light and colours. Very sharp. Beautiful plant also.

Ciao Jane, elegant composition with lovely creature, beutiful colors and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-08 12:03]
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Hello Jane,
What a fine capture of this interesting Mule Deer! Is that amazing column next to it a Cactus?? A lovely POV and a very nice composition in beautiful colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Jane,
Excellent capture of this Mule Deer on look. Good POV and composition, sharp details and beautiful colours.

Excellent capture... great POV and composition. Detail and lighting well done. And thanks so much for the very informative notes too... :)


Holy Cr** Jane..What a SUPER capture...my goodness..it is so totally different than your usual shots..which of course are fine..but this is off the page...super deal there Jane!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-09 2:18]

Hello Jane, a nice shot and a good view. Clear sky and with the animal looking good. Well done Ganesh

Hi Jane,
I wonder why animals have such long ears in your part of the world. I still remember your rabbit! This is a nice capture of a beautiful animal with very interesting plant near him! Exposure is very nice and so is composition. I'm still amazed by those ears! :)!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-09 13:38]

I really like the title... it fits perfectly with the shot :-)
Really good capture.
The pose and the way it's looking out across the land is brilliant.
Superb composition.
Great colours.
Like Nick said, I think this Mule could do with a good meal :-)

Well done Jane,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-09 15:36]

Hello Jane,
What an interesting composition, love it. The yucca is an incredible back drop for this deer. Thanks my dear for sharing your deer.

hello Jane

beauitful shot of the Mule Deer, with beautiful luminosity,
appropriate vertical framing, excellent shaprness and details,
but the thing i love mot from your image, is the POV, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-09 19:51]

Hello Jane,
I've been super busy lately and haven't had much time to even look at any photos. I really like this shot because it gives a clear view of the Mule Deer at a different angle.
The plant (or cactus) reminds me of a gigantic pipe cleaner. I've never seen anything like it before. it's amazing!! Your desert shots are fascinating to view. TFS. Great notes!!

Hello Jane

What a wonderful POV!
The foliage in the shot is amazing ,the setting really adds to the shot.
Wonderfully composed in the frame.
One to be quite proud of.


Hello Jane,
Sorry for my delay and enjoy this beautiful image of the Mule Deer!
lovely pov and a great plant to accompany the deer!
the image is sharp with natural colour and details
thanks for the notes

Hi Jane. I like the movie title with very good framing of this mule deer against a unique plant. The tall frame and the spotless blue sky and the mule deer looking ahead is well suited to the title. TFS and warmest regards. Jusni

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-10-11 2:06]

Hi Jane,

Lovely composition of yucca and deer! You must have been very patient or very lucky! Well done!

A brief look at your gallery brought back fond memories of the fall of 1985, when we spent a shot sabbatical at the U of Arizona in Tucson. Wonderful place!



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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-12 11:45]

Hi Jane

What an unusual POV, it really makes a different shot. Lovely blue sky BG, sharp details and nice calm feel



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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-10-12 15:41]

Hi Jane
Wonderful composition and POV with nice framing
Great exposure,light and natural color.
tfs jon

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-13 8:11]

Hello Jane! Very nicely done shot of the Deer! Well composed and good technique too, thanks!


Hello Jane
sorry for my delay. I was away TN for several days, I came back yesterday. Now, I can visit your last posts. This is one of the best. Great capture for lovely Mule Deer. Focus, light, composition with interesting looking plant (you mentione possibly yucca) great. Bushy plantation nicely framed. Blue BG also very nice as like informative notes. Many thanks, well done

Hello Jane,
I like the natural composition with Mule Deer alongwith Yucca very much. How have you done this; it looks great :)
Best wishes-Subhash

That is an optimistic look it has.
Great POV and rare moment taken.
Enjoy your weekend,

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