Stags in the hazy morning sunshine

There were two mule deer bucks nibbling on roadside grass that I came across last weekend.  They were between the two Kananaskis Lakes and they ran up the hillside to the forest edge when another car passed by.  This brought them into the morning sunshine which illuminated them wonderfully.

One of the stags paused at the top of the hill before disappearing behind the trees.  The other walked along the ridge above the road for a few minutes.

He was enjoying the buffalo berries which are ripe throughout the valleys in Kananaskis now.  I always think of these berries as being food for the bears but this fellow reminded me that they are a delicious snack for many of the animals in the Rockies.

The smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta continues to roll across the west.  That morning the resulting haze was quite heavy which warmed and softened the sunlight.  Beautiful light to work with – a very small and personal silver lining to a massive issue impacting millions of people.  This photo of peaks in the Kananaskis valley gives some indication of the atmosphere on that morning.

The stag kept an eye on me but with little traffic and me staying in my car had little provocation to join his partner in the woods.  I left him still grazing and continued my travels around K-Country.

 

6 responses

  1. Pingback: Stags in the hazy morning sunshine — Christopher Martin Photography – Suman Ds Blog

  2. Glen

    Chris your photos demonstrate a connection with the wildlife you photograph. When we invade their space animals have good reason to fear and flee, it would appear that can enter their space and capture their curiosity, a unique skill.

    August 19, 2017 at 12:12 am

  3. I want to come visit you and see some of the awesome things you photograph! 😉

    August 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

  4. Love the warm glow of the early morning light.

    August 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  5. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    August 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

  6. The deep forest location makes a stunning backdrop to the stag, and the fir on his antlers is exquisite.

    August 17, 2017 at 7:43 am

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