A new baby arrived at our place. I believe it arrived yesterday. It is not much bigger than a small dog, but much longer legs.
I saw it yesterday for a split second as I was coming in the driveway. It and it’s young mom were hiding in the cedar trees out front. She took off but I knew to look where she had been and there it was — so tiny, barely standing. I didnt stop because I didnt want to disturb them anymore than I already had.
I saw mom again last night right at dusk so I knew they were still around. This morning I took my camera and binoculars and, from the porch, started scanning the places I had seen them and other likely hiding places. No luck.
I went into the yard and checked a few places I knew the deer liked to rest behind the house and then as I came around the side of the house, the mom took off from another clump of trees. I watched her for awhile, but she was putting plenty of distance between her and where she started.
I looked carefully through the trees and couldnt make out anything, so I slowly & quietly walked around the edge looking in the areas where the grass was matted down in the shade. I didnt see the fawn anywhere. Just as I was about to give up, I turned and there it was in the grass about 4 feet from me — just as still as it could be. I took a few quick pictures and then quietly moved back to the house.
Sorry the focus is not better. I had a very high shutter speed and wide open aperture so the depth of field is small and it looks like the autofocus zeroed in on the grass that was waving in the breeze. Next time I will know to use manual focus.
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We got our second snowfall of the year today and the third for this winter. That may not sound that exciting to you folks that live in northern climates, but it is a rare event around here. I estimate we had at least twice the total snowfall as last time, but because it was warmer, the accumulation was not as much and so it wasnt quite as pretty. Anyway, I thought I would post some pictures. The first one I took out the back door this morning. The other three Becca sent to me. Wish I had been there, it looks like they had a lot of fun.
I looked out the window this morning to find some of our regular visitors quite close to the house. I grabbed the camera and got the following pictures. There is a yearling female, her mother and her younger twin siblings. There was another doe and her fawn further off to the right.
I have posted more photos here.
One of the twins
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Yesterday morning I had the privilege of watching a couple of does feeding out in the front yard about 10 yards from the house. I noticed that one of them had twin fawns which still have their spots. I grabbed the camera and took the following photo through the window in the front door. The mother had just stopped the two from nursing and stepped away. I was quite pleased to get this picture under the circumstances. You may click on the image for a higher resolution version.
At the same time there were a couple of finches on the front porch eating bird seed that had fallen out of the feeder and a humingbird at the feeder. I am so thankful to the heavenly Father for this opportunity to witness the beauty of his creation.
Fawns in the front yard
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