A Funny Thing Happened On the Way Home From the Show


I wanted to say, ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way Home From the Opera’ but it wouldn’t have been accurate! I was on my way home from a friend’s photography exhibit at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center which is adjacent to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. After seeing the photo exhibit I walked around the park for a bit with my 100-400mm lens attached hoping to find some nature subjects. I shot a few birds for practice but left without anything to show. I put my camera on the car seat next to me and left the park. As I was about to merge onto busy Highway 73 I looked to my right and noticed a doe and buck. I pulled over, rolled down the window and started shooting when I noticed the fur on the buck standing up and another buck appear from the woods. I have seen this behavior on TV nature programs but now I was getting a live show as the bucks fought for the doe. I was so close I was not able to get both deer entirely in the frame.

'The Battle' © Denise Bush

'The Victor' © Denise Bush

10 Responses to “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way Home From the Show”

  1. 1 Ken Henriques Jr.

    Wow, what a great opportunity to see this happen right in front of you. Nice shots Denise.

  2. Great shots of these young bucks! And in an unlikely spot too. Good job D!!

  3. Great enough shots to submit to some nature magazine. Good for you. What a great experience.

  4. What an amazing opportunity, to have your camera at the ready, and a place to pull off! Great shot! It doesn’t bother me that the animals are cropped.

  5. 5 Cathie Bonetti

    Crap…I only get to see wild turkeys or ground hogs when I’m out! I’m jealous!

  6. I always get the other end of the deer 🙂 Super catch ‘D’.

  7. I was amazed when it happened and even more amazed when I was able to get a few shots in. I am usually not quick enough to catch these things or inevitably have the wrong lens mounted. Mike — aim for the head!

  8. 8 Pat

    Cool nature!

  9. Great grabs. What fun! P.S. I think the crop causes one to pay more attention to the butting. BTW, who’s having the show at Palmyra?

  10. Right place right time! What a crazy story! All your WV pics are great too!

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