Fresh From the Nursery

Saturday evening, just as the sun was falling below the hilly treeline to the west of my rural Missouri home, I was watching a movie on tv when my driveway monitor sounded off. I walked over to a window and looked to see who would be coming over at this time of evening.

What I first saw was a small, tan-colored animal that was moving around under a shrub that was about 60 feet away. At first, it looked like a red fox. But then I saw a white-tailed deer doe amber around the bush. Just then, the smaller animal raised it’s head and I could see it was a very young fawn. Quickly, I ran into the other room and grabbed my camera. Hurrying back, I began shooting some images of mom and young. Unfortunately, I had to shoot through 2 panes of glass and a screen window … not the ideal situation! And especially since the light was quickly fading.

I was unable to grab any really good images, but I did manage a few images for documentation purposes (I felt if I had walked outdoors, mom would have likely ran into the woods with her fawn, so I decided to shoot at the less-than-decent conditions). Here are a few of the images I captured:

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

White-tailed Doe and Fawn

Again, the quality of these is really poor. Shooting through glass and screen is not a good idea! And the waning light made my shutter speeds as low as 1/10 second, even when using an ISO of 800. Even though the quality is poor, the experience was worth a thousand images!

I didn’t see the pair last evening, but I hope to see them again real soon and work at grabbing some decent images!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. to 1/20 sec.



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