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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Moon and Mule Deer

Just east of Tortugas
Becca and I headed to the Monte Vista side of Tortugas Mountain this morning, and only one vehicle was parked in the lot when we got there.  We always leave our CR-V about a quarter mile from the ramada and take a side trail to the main loop around the mountain.  At first we saw nobody, but soon a runner and mountain biker passed in the opposite direction, and, later, another runner passed heading the same way we were.  Our best sighting without doubt was that of a small herd of Mule Deer who crossed the trail ahead of us meandering to the southwest while they browsed for sustenance.  One of them looked pretty skinny, and another--a young buck with uneven antler growth--sent me to the internet when we got home to do research on deer antlers, and I read more than I expected to on the subject.  We bumped into this small herd again after we hit the main outer loop trail and started north back toward the trailhead.  They were in the deep arroyo to the east of us, perhaps getting ready to bed down for the day.  When they heard us, though, they bounded up the steep eastern bank of the arroyo as if it were almost level ground.  Amazing agility on their part.
Becca is riveted by something interesting ahead

A Mule Deer

Moseying along

In need of some grub, obviously

Distracted by a mountain biker back on the trail


Crossing the trail

Stopping for a bite to eat

Chewing thoroughly

Wondering why Becca and I are in guarded pursuit

Young buck

Antlers growing at an uneven rate?

Posing for the Westminster Deer Show

Break time for Becca

Yuccas and the Organ Mountains

She's always spotting something

Across the desert to the Organs

We encountered this small herd of Mule Deer a second time

Of course they were fascinated by us

She glanced at me, but . . .

. . . stared at Becca

Morning moon dipping behind the mountain

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Excellent photos of the deer, especially the one of the deer gazing at Becca. What beautiful animals. I also really like the shots of the moon. Great photo day, Packrat.

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