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Friday, March 16, 2012

Waking up early has many advantages. For one, I get to hear an awakening of birds and to watch as a local Turkey vulture seeks an updraft that will carry it skyward in search of late winter’s spoils.
This particular morning is as rewarding as any. 

A lone White-tail doe walks through that space between earth and sky, today blurred by a light fog that loosely hugs the ground.
She hasn’t yet seen me and so feels safe to search out newly sprouting broadleaf plants, probably a nice change from the woody brush that has seen her through winter’s famine.  
I watched quietly from behind an apple tree.
A moment later she is joined by another.
The noise of my camera has given me away. I have been seen.
I zoom in for a closer look as the sun peaks over a faraway hill.
As I remain frozen the two dear, nervously, return to eating.
Soon they follow their urge to flee, lifting the tail that gives their kind their name.  With a flash of white. they disappear over the hillside.  
But this time it isn’t me who frightens the deer.  A pair of bucks have entered the field, one with a right antler still attached. The left one has apparently fallen off.
White-tail deer (Notice the right dear still has its left antler - a small one)
These two are quick to notice me and soon lop out of the scene, leaving me alone to enjoy the morning.


TexWisGirl said...

very sweet!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a special morning, nicely captured in words and photos!

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely photographs of an early morning.