The Whitetail Deer
This deer stopped in a field of lovely flowers at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

This deer stopped in a field of lovely flowers at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

The whitetail deer is such a beautiful animal when you spend a bit of time watching them.  They can have a certain grace about the way they move through the woods and incredible power when they need it.  Both shy and occasionally curious they can be sometimes very difficult to photograph.  I’ve never gone out specifically to photograph deer but only seize the opportunity when it presents itself as I’m out walking around my local areas. 

Both shy and occasionally curious

A handsome whitetail buck walks along the marsh edge at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Brigantine, NJ.

Every time I would press the shutter button this doe would look directly at me.  Taken at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Standing there surrounded by all the green at Palmyra Cove, this deer actually stands out.

if it were too easy it wouldn’t be fun!

Palmyra Cove Nature Park which is a place I’ve visited often is a wonderful place to find and photograph whitetail deer.  I think I’ve seen some on almost every trip.  They are quite accustomed to people and do allow you to get closer than at many other locations.  It is certainly easier here but they are still wild, and that of course presents some challenges.  Some deer have still been very spooky when I approach and as always in nature photography it takes time to get your subject in good light and with a pleasing background.  I do enjoy the challenges though, if it were too easy it wouldn’t be fun!  I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and if you ever get a chance to visit Palmyra Cove Nature Park, it would be a great place to start making your own photos of the beautiful whitetail deer.

Can you find the deer hidden in this photo (try clicking for a larger version).  A perfect example of camouflage.

A young buck just starting to grow his antlers for the year grazes in the spring grass at Palmyra Cove.

A family of deer look right at me as the sun begins to set at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

I was able to get incredibly close to this deer in the very early morning at Palmyra Cove.

A nice buck shows off his still velvety antlers at Palmyra Cove.

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.