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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 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire! It does look like his tongue could be stuck now that you mention it :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. Thank you for letting us watch these scenes from the comfort of a warm house. Great shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Of course! Besides, most days I would rather be out there! And thank you! Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago

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The most noticeable differences between white-tailed and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated; they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with whitetails. Each spring, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old.. more

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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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