Buck with Wounds
The eye on our right side is wounded in some way-it looks blind in closeups. Because of the short horn on that side, I believe the buck was probably wounded during mating season about a month ago. Although he is otherwise healthy, there is a good chance that he will be prey before the winter is out. Nature isn’t merciful.
I try not to anthropomorphize but he seems quietly dignified–understanding his plight but not agonized about it.
For photographers, I’m not even going to try and pretend that bokeh was intentional or that the shot is particularly good but sometimes, for me, the story is more important than the quality of the image.
And a hat tip to Kitty for explaining why bokeh is important when I have scorned it.