White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Surrounded by Fog and Frost, Montana

I share my garage with a stray cat. He’s very loving and greets me every time I open my door. I made a way for him to come in and out as he pleases and inside the garage he has a warm bed, unlimited food, and water.
 
You may be asking yourself, “what does a cat have to do with this image?” Here I’ll share that story with you. The cat, Shadow, is like his name suggests, a shadow, always following me as I do my outside chores. Yesterday, after Shadow and I fed the horses, I noticed the deer in the pasture. I went into the house and gathered my tripod and camera equipment and walked in the fog towards the deer. 
 
The deer see me quite often and have learned I’m no threat and I can at times get close enough to photograph them. I walked towards a group of five deer resting below a tree. They looked up and slowly walked into the open. It didn’t look like they would stay around for long and I managed to take a few shots. Then to my surprise they started walking towards me. This amazed me, I noticed they were no longer looking at me but where I had come from. I glanced over my shoulder and there was the cat being shadowed by three more deer. The deer had lost interest in me but were very interested in the little black cat. The closer Shadow came the closer the deer approached.  Needless to say it was a fun morning in the frost and fog. I had a doe come so close that I was able to take portraits with my 200mm lens. It wasn’t long before the deer lost interest in both me and the cat and grazed peacefully. No longer could I or Shadow catch their attention. It was now time for hot coffee and breakfast.
 
Embrace the Journey!
 
Date: 1/20/20
Time: 7:51:18 AM
Model: NIKON D500
Frame #: 1153
Lens (mm): 420
ISO: 1100
Aperture: 8
Shutter: 1/1000
Exp. Comp.: +1.7
Flash Comp.: 0.0
Program: Manual with AUTO ISO
Focus Mode: AF-C
White Bal.: CLOUDY
Quality: RAW

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