Every now and then, something wild crosses my path and I stop whatever I am doing even when there are home buyers in my car. The truth is I brake for wildlife. And if I am lucky they have enough patience to wait until I can find my camera and make their image to tell you a story about them. These two failed to look both ways when they crossed the road. Fortunately, I saw them first. Yes, they are deer and very dear to me.
These two deer are New Mexico mule deer who live in the northern part of our state, mostly in rural areas. They were very close to town in a pinon covered hilly neighborhood just north of our historic Plaza. Fortunately, they have keen eyesight and good hearing as they paused on the edge of the road when they heard my car. After I stopped, they knew immediately to carefully move across the road and then freeze. It was clear they were in the neighborhood foraging the local vegetative landscape as our winter has been mild. They waiting long enough for me to make this one image and then leaped over the hillside together.