Mule Deer

Friends, yesterday i showed you a white tail deer and today’s image is of a mule deer in the badlands.  His antler tines branch and in spring and summer his antlers are covered in velvet, a vascular tissue that causes the antlers to grow and deposit calcium.  He loses his antlers every year like the white tail but is a much larger animal.  They frequent the rugged ravines and steep hills regions of the National Park.  The below image shows the very early stages of antler growth. til Tomorrow MJ

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Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on April 19, 2012, in Badlands, Nature, photography, Wildlife and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I am really glad to glance at this website posts which includes
    tons of useful facts, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

  2. A good close up of his velvety rack MJ. Make sure you go back and look at the response I made to your comment yesterday. I accidentally email your hubby, LOL!

  3. Wonderful images, MJ. I can’t choose between the two, they are both very appealing.:)

  4. Oh marvelous! Love the down on his antlers!

    • the velvet covering is shed in the fall just prior to breeding season, showing off for the girls, thanks for your wonderful comments, i really appreciate them, MJ

  5. nice …shalom en theos….jim

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