Yesterday I headed out for my morning walk, halfway down the driveway I remembered the camera I meant to bring along with me. I thought about going back for it but I just didn’t want to disturb my buddy, he is having a tough time understanding why he can’t go for walks these days. Better to just continue on my walk without the camera this time.
Of course we all know what that means. I get around the corner and there are two little fawns on the shoulder of the road. They stood there and watched as I approached. As I got near to them, they moved into the ditch a ways, maybe only 20 feet from me. I felt like I could reach out and pet them. Two thoughts were running rampant in my head, why aren’t they running and why, oh why didn’t I go back for the camera.
I noticed a movement to my right, there on the opposite side of the road, maybe 40-50 feet from me, was a nice buck. He was just standing watching me and the fawns. I noticed a few feet behind him, a nice doe. That explained the reason for the fawns not running away, I was between the fawns and momma. Didn’t explain why, oh why I didn’t have my camera along.
My dog took this time to do her business, delaying me to stand and watch all the deer and kick myself for not disturbing my other dog to get my camera. Murphy’s Law, the one day….
Murphy stepped in on my drive to work last Friday as well, I don’t take my camera when I am going to work as the majority of the drive is interstate and I can’t use it anyway. Driving down my dirt road, there were two deer laying down resting next to the neighbors pond, with the rustic bridge over the pond and at their backs. Perfect scenic shot that wouldn’t last for me to run home, get the camera and get back. Murphy has been out to get me this weekend.
On a plus note, Ares is healing and doing better every day.
He is being more patient about things than I ever expected him to be but he just doesn’t understand and there is no way to explain it to him. This is the day he returned home from his surgery. Below is today, a month later. Looks much better.
However he is now feeling like he can run and jump and play and wants out. He has 3 more weeks before they xray and make sure the bone has healed. Only then will he be allowed back out. He is putting on weight in his idleness, not sure who is going more insane right now. Him with his confinement or us listening to him cry and want out. Soon, buddy, soon.
This morning I headed out for my walk and this time I did take the camera. There were about 4 -5 fawns playing in our yard this morning when I started to get ready and they reminded me to grab the camera. I missed them in the yard as I was trying to get the camera set up while going down the stairs. Forgot how many steps we have and fell down the last couple steps and landed on my knees on the floor below. All the ruckus with the dogs barking at me falling chased the deer out of the yard.
I missed the play time in the yard but I caught up to two of the fawns around the corner where they had been the day previous. They were farther away and harder to get photos of but it made up for the day before a little bit at least.
When I first saw the deer on the left here, I thought it was just a doe, once I zoomed in with the camera I realized first, it was a fawn, second, that there is a second fawn hiding behind him/her.
They kept a close eye on me but didn’t seem too concerned. No sign of momma the whole time I watched.
They started to wander away and graze, getting too far away to really get a good photo anymore.
Too far for the photo above to be clear but they were too cute in this position that I photographed them and posted it anyway. They shortly after decided it was time to go find momma.
I continued on with my walk. I am happy to see there are quite a few monarch butterflies this year. Normally I see maybe one all summer if lucky, they just aren’t around like they used to be. There were 3 of them flying around me along this stretch of road. They are becoming endangered and it was fun to see 3 at once this year. They follow me on this stretch every morning.
I have purposefully left the milkweed plants in my yard for them as they say that the decline of the monarch is from the destruction of milkweed plants that they need.
I was almost home when I saw the biggest woodpecker I have ever seen. I am guessing by the size and the red head it was most likely a Pileated, although they are doing a recovery project of the Red Headed in my area and they are around and spotted near here. It was very red and white, maybe….. I know there were two as I could hear one tapping away quite loudly above me but couldn’t spot him/her. This other one flew onto a tree about chest level with me but unfortunately on the far side of the tree from me. Good old Murphy again, wouldn’t let me get a photo of this huge bird. I was just thinking, do I walk up this persons driveway with a camera and try to capture a shot or will they get upset with me for coming on the property. She is a really nice lady and I talk to her a lot, she won’t mind…. thought about it too long, he flew into a heavy treed area near me. I looked and looked but couldn’t spot him for a photo. I hear them almost every walk, they are very loud in their pecking and distinctive as to their size from the sound. One day I will find one again…..
I finished off the walk with a few of the day lilies in the same ladies yard, I was there so I might as well photograph something, right?
Tomorrow is another day, just have to remember to keep bringing the camera. Who knows what I might see…