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Deer, Death Canyon Trail

Photograph by Jim Pounian, My Shot

Animals use the trails too! In this case, the Death Canyon Trail in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. In this rock slide area, the only way through was on the trail. This deer came up behind me while I was stopped to take some pictures of Phelps Lake, far below. Knowing there was a slower hiking group that I had passed on the trail coming up behind the deer, I climbed up the rock slide to let the deer pass by, which he did. At this point, he stopped right by me and seemed to be thanking me for letting him through.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

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