Mule Deer are so named because their ears are like mule’s ears…big. Because they are so large, Mule Deer use them to advantage to alert them to danger that might be near them. Whenever we stopped our vehicle to photograph them in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they were atuned to our presence and their ears acted almost like antennae moving this way and that to pick up on sounds that indicated whether they were safe or needed to run. When they stood alert with their ears facing forward, they had an irresistably cute look about them. This was a morning photograph, the sun still low on the horizon, creating a nice rim light around the deer’s ears.
On our last evening in the Grand Tetons, we stopped at Schwabacher’s Landing on the Snake River for sunset. The mountains and the clouds reflected on the water to stunning effect. There was even a spot of light on the side of Grand Teton, almost a beacon that also reflected on the water. The Grand Tetons are so majestic and so beautiful that seeing this scene was the perfect ending for our trip.