During my recent visit to Shenandoah National Park I was treated to this scene of two bucks playing in the meadow. After watching and photographing these bucks for a time it was plain to see that they were the best of friends.
With the exception of the rut adult bucks form bachelor groups numbering from as few as two to a half dozen or even more. The group will spend their time together and will only be seen with does when they incidentally happen upon the same area.
Pausing to rest a moment the bucks struck a beautiful pose in the dry grass of the meadow.
The sighting of a black bear, although not a good photo op added immensely to the day's outing