Mule Deer captured by Z 8 / Z400f4.5

The snow was steadily falling but not really building up. The temps weren’t cold as Montana goes but cold enough to create a layer of ice for the snow to fall upon. It was the first snow of winter and Yellowstone, more accurately its visitors, weren’t ready for the white stuff. Before long the roads of Yellowstone were being closed not so much because of a thick carpet of snow, but because of accidents and all that is required to pull a car off the side of a narrow, two lane road. And there I was outside of the park …

We had already had two amazing days in the park with wolves, Bison, the usual critters and super dramatic skies and light from the incoming storm. Everything was lining up for some killer photography and there I was “stuck” in my room. We were at the marvelous Park Hotel and its giant windows look into the northern entrance of the park. It’s a gorgeous view, when it’s not “forced.” I wanted to shoot really bad. Then this little band of five Mule Deer walked in front of our window (we were on the second floor). They were inside this sudo fenced area munching on the brown grasses. At first we just watched them and then I couldn’t handle it and grabbed the Z 8 with the Z400f4.5. If I got on the kitchen chair so I was standing at top of the big window, I could shoot over the fence. Yeah, I was shooting though the window but I found a clean, none scratched porthole. It was a challenge and at that point, it was welcomed. There was some great biology going on but much I couldn’t shoot because of the fence. But for an hour at least I wasn’t bouncing off the wall. I had the deer through the looking glass.

Mule Deer captured by Z 8 / Z400f4.5

Mule Deer captured by Z 8 / Z400f4.5

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