An unforgettable morning with a Doe and her Fawns from September 12, 2018, at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, I had the privilege of witnessing nature’s wonders up close. It’s incredible how time has flown by since that unforgettable morning.

As a wildlife photographer, I often find myself in the right place at the right time, and this day was no exception. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge has always been a treasure trove of wildlife sightings, and on that particular morning, it didn’t disappoint.

The star of the show was undoubtedly the Whitetail Doe accompanied by her two adorable Fawns. Their presence alone was a sight to behold, but what made this moment truly magical was their interaction with me. I parked my vehicle and carefully prepared my camera, not wanting to miss this opportunity.

Whitetail Fawn Came Close To My Truck

Whitetail Fawn Came Close To My Truck at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

One of the fawns, brimming with curiosity, ventured within just a few feet of my position. Its sibling, a bit more cautious, kept a watchful distance. The doe, meanwhile, seemed unfazed by my presence, a testament to the tranquility of the refuge.

As I snapped the shutter, I knew I was capturing something special. The inquisitive fawn gazed directly into my lens, and the result was a close-up shot that conveyed the innocence and curiosity of youth. It was a snapshot frozen in time, a memory etched in the pixels of my camera.

Whitetail Fawn Standing In Road Near My Truck

Whitetail Fawn Standing In Road Near My Truck at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Whitetail Doe Checking Out Her Two Fawns

Whitetail Doe Checking Out Her Two Fawns Near My Truck

Wildlife photography often rewards us with unexpected treasures, and this encounter was no exception. Even five years later, the details of that morning remain crystal clear in my mind. The playfulness of the fawns, the grace of the doe, and the sheer beauty of nature unfolded before my lens.

In the world of wildlife photography, moments like these are the true treasures. They remind us of the wonder that surrounds us, the delicate balance of nature, and the privilege we have as photographers to document it all. It’s encounters like the one with the doe and her fawns that make this profession so incredibly rewarding.

As I reflect on that morning, I can’t help but feel fortunate. Fortunate to have been there, fortunate to have captured that magical moment, and fortunate to share it with you all. Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge continues to be a place of inspiration and awe, and I look forward to many more adventures in the world of wildlife photography.

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Image Information: First Image

  • Date: 9/12/18
  • Time: 7:28:09 AM
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • ISO: 2000
  • Aperture: 5.6
  • Shutter: 1/200
  • Exp. Comp.: 0.0
  • Program: Aperture Priority

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