The bucks pictured in this series are the same pair featured in the previous post. Note the unusual left antler. When not rutting bucks form bachelor groups of two or more animals that spend a great deal of time together.
The other half of this group of two checks out an approaching photographer while posing against a colorful autumn backdrop.
Grooming can be frequently observed between bucks making up a bachelor group; however it isn't often that it takes place in front of the camera with multiple mountain ridges fading into blue for a background.
In this early morning photo taken in August the same pair of bucks are seen interacting in a playful way. Soon the fights of the rut will begin but when the season passes these fellows will most likely once again be the best of friends.