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Catching Snowflakes A mule deer buck sticks his tongue out during a snow storm, likely dampening his nose or cleaning his nostrils. The timing of the capture gives the illusion that he is trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue. If you look closely, you can actually see that a falling snowflake lines up perfectly with his tongue to look like he caught one. Captured in western Montana's National Bison Range. Geotagged,Montana,Mule Deer,National Bison Range,Odocoileus hemionus,Snow,United States,mammals,winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Catching Snowflakes

A mule deer buck sticks his tongue out during a snow storm, likely dampening his nose or cleaning his nostrils. The timing of the capture gives the illusion that he is trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue. If you look closely, you can actually see that a falling snowflake lines up perfectly with his tongue to look like he caught one. Captured in western Montana's National Bison Range.

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  1. Another excellent shot, did he get his tongue stuck to the bush? I would ha! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire! It does look like his tongue could be stuck now that you mention it :) Posted 6 years ago
  2. Thank you for letting us watch these scenes from the comfort of a warm house. Great shot! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Of course! Besides, most days I would rather be out there! And thank you! Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago

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The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. Two subspecies of mule deer are grouped into the black-tailed deer.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
Species identified by travismorhardt
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By travismorhardt

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Uploaded Jan 10, 2015. Captured Jan 4, 2015 15:10 in Red Sleep Mountain Drive, Charlo, MT 59824, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/5.0
  • 10/10000s
  • ISO800
  • 180mm