I went for a hike a couple weeks ago, before our desert trip it was. I like to venture off the established trails exploring animal paths to see where they take me. This time it was for a couple of miles through dense forest with little sunlight breaking through from overhead. The terrain was a steep slope of the mountainside and it was interesting to see how the animals are no dummies - they choose the path of least resistance, thus making it easier for me too. I was less than 100 feet away from this buck lying on the animal path before I saw him. Of course he saw me long before. Fortunately he stayed put long enough allowing me to get one decent exposure. All the rest were somewhat blurred due to slow shutter speed before I made some ISO adjustments.
The really cool thing about this encounter was that when he finally got up and moved away, I continued on that level portion you can see, stopping at where he was lying. I knelt down and could still feel with my hand his body warmth among the forest litter.