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110 In the Shade

110 In the Shade
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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: 2010-07-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-14 7:47
Viewed: 2815
Points: 32
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Mule Deer

This pregnant doe was hot and exhausted and rested in the shade under my Oak tree. This was taken through the slats of the shutters of my living room window. At first she was breathing rapidly and I didn't want to disturb her. After a little more than an hour she seemed well rested, stood up, jumped over the wall and was on her way.

The mule deer's breeding season begins in October and ends in early February, with the peak occurring in mid to late November. This is also referred to as the "rut", a time when the buck's neck swells and he fights other bucks for dominance. A single buck is capable of breeding several does. Does are in heat for about 24 hours, and cycle every 28 days if they are not bred. Fawns are born after a 202 day gestation period, with about half of the young being born between late May and late June. The mule deer's reproductive rate is about XX fawns per 100 does on the Arizona Strip. Sexual maturity is slow in mule deer. Only seven percent of the does breed when they are fawns and only 68 percent of yearling does become pregnant. About 65 percent of pregnant mule deer does carry twins.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-14 7:57]

Hi Jane,you're lucky! You have animals to take direct from your window! Very interesting situation and very good work,you play at the best whit the lights balance,excellents sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Jane
Wonderful shot of this lovely Mule deer!
Perfect details and colors.
Great capture!

Hello Jane,
A majestic doe in the shade, although it was hot and she was heavy - stiil a beautiful and cleaver look she has...
Great catch.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-07-14 8:45]

Hola Prima.
You should be proud to have such a beautiful guest in Your garden cousin. I had a white tailed dow in my home in tne ranch, she was like my little dog, always walking aroud the house exept during winter and during July when she had her babys born.
Great photo. Nice note too.

What a lovely capture Jane...simply awesome... great composition, lighting, detail, etc.


Hello Jane friend,
Awesome! I call this "living close to nature"! .. . Is a beautiful photo! This mother has found a break in the shade of that tree, and you've made good time to take a picture quite well achieved! Thanks to annex part of the history of the photo, and some useful additional information.

Thanks also for being aware of my humble pictures and for supporting me! ;)

Greetings and best wishes from Venezuela,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-14 11:40]

Hello Jane,
Your Oak tree seems very precious to many animals and how lovely to get such a beauty visiting your garden! I like the way it is watching you with big eyes! The face is beautiful and I love the big ears!
Great sharpness, natural colours and well composed too. Brilliant!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

hello Jane
very nice picture with good details and great sharpness
very lovely shot
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-14 22:17]

Hello Jane,
A delightful capture of a doe resting and keeping cool in the shade of your oak tree. The POV and light management are superb and the eye contact makes a fine focal point in the image in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hallo Jane,
a superb capture of this Mule Deer, outstanding sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very nice composition with a great eye contact.
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-15 1:33]

Hi Jane!

110 in the shade is very good temperature for me :-) Very nice picture of tired animal. She is very well camouflaged by shadows and colours of sand around. Good story with happy end.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-15 3:09]

Hello jane,
again another cute subject well shown. How lovely and how cute the pose it gives to you.
nice sharpness and clarity.
It is such a special feeling to look and appreciate this deer.
i have never experience this before.
thanks for sharing.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-07-15 18:41]

Hello Jane,
Great shot of this female Mule Deer. She looks like she is enjoying the tiny bit of shade that you have in your yard. I wouldn't doubt if this isn't the same deer Rosie and I saw as we left your home. The doe we spotted was lying up on the right hand side of the bank, just a little ways up the street from your driveway. You are so blessed to have such an abundance of wildlife so close to your home. Well done!!

Hello Jane,

You are lucky with such a garden, good sharp image from behind glass.
Nice framing and fine colours.


Nice detailed shot of this resting doe Jane, they know how to stay cool.
A matter of survival for them, no AC except for that occasional breeze.
You know, as I write this I'm looking out my window at the whitetail here..
I put out corn every morning. The dominant males are chasing the others around, the usual fare :)

Ciao Jane, great portrait of cute creature, fantastic light, beautiful composition, splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Jane

what a luck you have to see in your backyard such wonderful wild animals,
i love the tenderness expression of the glance of this Mule Deer
your frontal low POV contribute to catch this tender moment,



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