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November 7, 2016

Spiritual Encounter

While climbing a mountain to catch a sunrise in Nara, Japan, Your Shot photographer Yoshiki Fujiwara encountered this young male deer. In the Nara Prefecture of Japan, deer are free to roam—especially in Nara Park, where a herd of approximately 1,200 wanders freely and happily on the grounds of a temple. In the Shinto religion, deer are considered messengers of the gods—a reason they are so well protected. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Yoshiki Fujiwara, National Geographic Your Shot

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