In short, this is the answer to the quiz re: what the above creature has on his mind is
As many of you guessed, this buck was lookin' for love.
The doe seemed mostly to be interested in this:
The buck also spent time standing very still, not looking at the doe.
Among the other things he'd detect are rivals (far right is another buck).
"Hey, wait a minute..."
"Oh, hell, no."
"And stay out!"
(pardon reflectiness--windows & sun...)
Que macho hombre, no?
So, CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who was correct!
And thanks, as ever, to EVERYONE who submitted a guess--
y'all are brave, smart, funny, and creative. Nice!
And thanks to Sue for the detailed info re: such behavior.
Gotta love a "guess" where the questioner learns from the questioned. =)
Caveat: I must admit, it is possible that
a) someone was (per Hugh) holding chocolate chip cookies offstage
to get the buck to hold his original pose, and
b) I actually really hope that he was attempting to plank,
as Sue posited. It could be the new sexy.
Come to think of it, maybe this is where PEOPLE got the idea.
Planking = Sexy.