Doe, a deer, a female deer

Posted: November 14, 2018 in Animals
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Mornings are cold at the park now, especially until the (ray, a drop of golden) sun hits.  But by the time I turned down this part of the path, I was warm enough to think about unzipping my jacket just a bit.  I hadn’t see anyone or anything other than birds, when I raised my eyes and saw something looking back at me (a name I call myself).

I immediately stopped, eased my phone out (no, I didn’t have my Nikon, more’s the pity), zoomed in, and took this first photo.

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I stood still for a few minutes, then slowly and with camera still at the ready, walked slowly towards her.  Then I saw it.  Look just to the left of her, behind the bushes, and you’ll see it, too.

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The doe had come towards me just a bit, while the fawn emerged from behind the bush onto the trail.  Playing Mother, May I?, I kept slowly moving forward and then stopping, waiting for that tension indicating they would be bounding away, taking a photo or two each time.  I haven’t cropped any of these so you can get a feel for where they were in relation to me and of course, I was using the zoom to the max.

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They didn’t know quite what to make of me.  I wasn’t noisy and I wasn’t moving much, so they moved somewhat toward me and across the path, keeping a wary eye in my direction.

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I got this close before the fawn decided that was close enough, whirled, and bounded back the way it had come with Mom not far behind.  I didn’t see any other interesting animals during the rest of the walk, but this was more than enough for the morning.

© janet m. webb

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Nice shots Janet. Your zoom lens certainly changes the impact of “far.” And running would have been counter-productive 😀

  2. They are beautiful animals. I always think of Bambi. But they can do a lot of damage in the landscape when the winters are tough for them to find food. Very nice shots.

    • When we lived in a suburb of Cleveland, deer would hang out in our yard at night sometimes, One more I woke to find all the day lilies eaten off (just the flowers, of course) and gardens were like a salad bar for deer.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    These are great images, Janet. I love the one where they started to turn, the one with the pretty color behind them.

  4. Serene early morning treat for you.

  5. scr4pl80 says:

    How cool is that! Great shots and just with your phone!

  6. Oh, what a wonderful encounter! I love seeing deer on the trail. You were one with the Deer for sure.

  7. Madhu says:

    Amazing captures for a phone Janet! Surprised the normally skittish creatures stood still for so long. You were clearly not perceived as a threat 🙂

    • Nice to see you, Madhu. I was surprised they stayed so long, too. The doe actually came toward me a few feet, which I didn’t expect. I’m glad I saw her before I got to close or she would have run.

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    Woohoo – lucky you!!

    Seeing a deer on a walk always makes my day. Seeing two is just icing on the cake!! I’d say I wish it happened more often, but then I’d probably think it wasn’t so special after all.

    • Maybe just a bit more often. I hadn’t seen deer for some time while out for a walk. But if there are runners, cyclists, or people with dogs walking, I assume I’m not likely to see deer. That morning I was the only one out, probably because it’s gotten cold.

  9. dweezer19 says:

    OMG. Just beautiful images.

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Breathtaking moments like this is what keeps us heading for the bush every chance we get!

  11. restlessjo says:

    What a fabulous encounter! I was holding my breath with you. 🙂 🙂

  12. Well done J. It would appear that the only thing missing from the series of shots is Ti (a drink with jam and bread), but I may have missed it. Happy weekend!

  13. Love seeing them alive and walking where they won’t get hit.

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