Olympic National Park and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife such as deer, elk, cougars and bears, which range from valleys to mountain meadows. The park stretches from ice-covered mountain peaks to rocky coast and between those extremes lie countless places for animals such as black-tailed deer to live. Being a national park and designated wilderness adds protection to help keep these varied habitats and animals relatively undisturbed.
This image holds a special place in my heart and was captured on a cold summer morning after a successful sunrise photo shoot at 5am. The wildflower display was spectacular this particular year and I travelled to a favorite location with expansive meadows to see if I could find a few deer grazing on the lupine. I was in luck as a single doe caught my eye and was unaware of my presence. I carefully and silently setup my shot careful not to disturb this amazing scene. After a couple shots, I saw something dart out of the corner of my eye and low and behold it was a fawn not more than 2 or 3 days old running towards mom. In settling down from complete amazement, I tried to catch a shot of the two in juxtaposition which turned out to be extremely challenging as the little guy was running around mom and constantly trying to nurse. Coupled with the low ambient lighting this made it extremely difficult to get a sharp image but was blessed to get a single shot which captured the moment to my satisfaction.