Possibly for the first time, I watched white-tailed deer play in snow. They eased into the center of the field, then sprinted as fast as they could, jumping as high as they could, casually glancing back at their playground friends. This photo was during their initial walk onto the field.

There's much to say about this photograph. This isn't a photograph that shows you furry detail. It doesn't show you the thickness of their eyelashes or their breath in the cold air. Instead, this is an environmental portrait of the white-tailed deer in winter. They almost appear as stick figures, appearing small and blending with their environment. What intrigues me is the juxtaposition of spacing they give each other. They don't crowd each other. There's so much to learn from nature.

Deer playing in the snow, Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.

Orig # KS2_6262bw

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