January 16, 2016

Denizens of Dickey Ridge

Deer in Shades of Sepia

If you go to Dickey Ridge just before sunset, you have a strong chance of seeing deer. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is just four miles from Front Royal in Shenandoah National Park. Don't wait too long to visit because if chronic wasting disease strikes the deer in the park, this herd is slated to be thinned out. This is sad but overpopulation is already a problem for deer and the spread of the fatal disease will turn this into a crisis. 

I love seeing these graceful animals! They will often allow you to approach if you stay in your car. They do not hibernate so we often see them in winter.

Visiting the park can be expensive if you don't have a Park Pass. Watch for no-fee days like Martin Luther King Day, 1/18/2016. (However, the road may be closed if it's icy.)

My zoom failed to retract on this one. It messed up several other shots by leaving the head out of the frame.


  1. Hello Linda!:)Your pictures look good in sépia. I didn't know about the wasting disease, and how it affects these beautiful creatures.So sad! Best Regards!:)

  2. Hello Linda, your deer photos are so cute. I have heard about this disease, it is sad. Hubby and I do not see deer that often while on Skyline Drive. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

  3. Beautiful shots. Deer are such graceful animals but they overpopulate easily.

  4. Great photos! I do hope the deer remain healthy.

  5. These are lovely shots. I really enjoy seeing deer.


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