Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 1, 2011
It is New Years Eve and an hour from now the sun will be setting for the last time on 2010. It is cold out. Currently -2 and I have taken an hour off from a remodeling project I have going on in my studio to see what is going on in the outdoor world. just a few miles north of Dubois I find a herd of around 75 Mule Deer scattered about on both sides of the Horse Creek dirt road. Nearly a third of them are Bucks. I am not sure I have ever seen this many bucks in a herd such as this. Most are leisurely browsing about or lying in little groups here and there. They don't seem the least bit disturbed by my presence.
Two evenly matched young buks are sparing off to my right. Testing themselves or merely trying to keep warm. It is obvious after watching awhile that one is particularly aggresive and maybe even a bully. The other tries several times to break it off and leave. The bully will have none of it.


  1. Some very exciting photos and a great way to bring in the new year with this trek.I like to try and catch that blowing snow when it gusts.We had a day of 58 clean out most of our snow. It dropped single digits the next few days so the ice is smooth to skate on and hopefully getting thicker.I have been staying in the shallows just in case.

  2. Awesome photographs as always Gary. I wish you the very best to you and your family for 2011!

  3. how wonderful to capture this, it will make a great painting!

  4. What a beautiful and exciting world you live in, Gary!! Lucky dog..Lol.
    Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

  5. NICE photos! I think like your black-tailed deer better than my bunnies, but I'll take what wildlife I can find. And thank you for the compliment.