Muntjac deer beside one of the Oak trees; 15 Feb 2014.

We were about to go out into the stormy weather this morning when, in full view of the kitchen window, this beautiful little deer appeared beside the Hazel.  Our garden is fairly secluded and, with no one about in these gales and rain,  it cropped – quietly but manifestly staying very alert –  at various leaves, moving across the mossy path and ending up for sometime beside one of the Oaks.

I’d have liked to open the window for a clearer shot, but previous experience ruled this out – it would instantly have bolted.

These little deer, not much larger than foxes, were introduced to the UK from China, and are now spreading rapidly.  This is a female, a doe, as there is no trace of horns.

Above her are some of the Oak’s lower branches, which have been cut back to help prevent the garden becoming completely overgrown and gloomy.  Last year’s leaf litter – which small birds delight in ferreting beneath – carpets the ground.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 4,000 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s Antique Plate 2 preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

2 Responses to GARDEN 42 – MUNTJAC (MONO)

  1. Malin H says:

    So, so beautiful… I’m very moved by this beautiful image and the story.
    Big hug from Sweden.


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