Valhalla Mule Deer

It was an early summer morning camped out in a gorgeous high lake-filled basin in the Valhalla Ranges in B.C. on the second day of a planned four-day lake-visiting mountaineering traverse. I'd awoke, did my business and turned back to retrieve my camera hoping to capture some sunrise reflections in the still waters at the far side of the lake. I turned around and a deer had suddenly appeared and began browsing on the bush I had just visited. "Well, good morning Mr. Deer, may I take your picture!?" No sirree! Before I could get a shot off, he'd hopped 100 feet away and stood there playfully watching me.

I started walking around the lake and he followed me and soon caught up to me. I was surprised at how well he could negotiate the boulderfields that fell steeply into the lake on all sides. I eventually stopped to set up the camera. "What's that little buddy?'ll have to come closer if you want your portrait", I asked reassuredly. He approached to within two arm's lengths from me, pausing for a whole minute before moving slowly past me up the hillside.

That moment made my whole trip. I don't think I will ever forget the calm, gentle look in this animal's eyes as he stood there for me perfectly camouflaged in his natural habitat.


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Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 21, 2007 7:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Great close up!

"That moment made my whole trip"
I know what you mean. Some of the best moments in nature that I had were an eye to eye with the Bighorn Sheep. Actually, many of these encounters where hours (not minutes) of tracking them, following them and finally hanging out right next to them while they rest and eat. Cheers.


SteveOs - Dec 22, 2007 2:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great close up!

Thanks Anya. Many times it's hard (but very rewarding!) work to get close enough to truly wild animals for photographs or just to coexist in peace with them (and I don't mean the ones that are accustomed to humans and handouts) but sometimes they behave in a way that makes one marvel and just show up at your doorstep unexpectedly, like this extremely inquisitive bachelor ;)

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Dec 22, 2007 9:04 am - Voted 10/10

Incredibly Beautiful

animal portrait!


SteveOs - Dec 22, 2007 2:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredibly Beautiful

Thank You.


AJones - Dec 26, 2007 5:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Good shot!

The Valhallas are another one of my favourite places.


SteveOs - Dec 27, 2007 12:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Good shot!



lcarreau - Feb 3, 2008 7:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Beautiful animal ...

Patience, timing ... wilderness ranges.
They all add up to one beautiful picture!

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