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Crossing

Standing in the middle of the Red Deer River, with Mt. Wapiti in clear view, I watched this pair of white-tailed deer attempt to cross. They only took a few steps before realizing it was too deep, but were quick to notice that I was easily making my way across downstream. The buck walked along the banks to where I'd first stepped into the water, and followed closely behind me. He seemed intent on his course while the doe kept looking over her shoulder. When we reached the south side of the river, there was less than 10 meters between us. We went our separate ways, and I realized how early it was in the season for them to have found each other. Male, female, fluidity, rigidity, confidence, hesitation. All shown in a single image.
Standing in the middle of the Red Deer River, with Mt. Wapiti in clear view, I watched this pair of white-tailed deer attempt to cross. They only took a few steps before realizing it was too deep, but were quick to notice that I was easily making my way across downstream. The buck walked along the banks to where I'd first stepped into the water, and followed closely behind me. He seemed intent on his course while the doe kept looking over her shoulder. Fluidity, rigidity, confidence, and hesitation, all shown in a single image. When we reached the south side of the river, there was less than 10 meters between us. We went our separate ways, and I realized how early it was in the season for them to have found each other.

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