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.
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.