Since last May, when we moved to our current home, I have been on the lookout for them. Every once in a while I'll catch a brief glimpse while driving or actually get a good look but they'd be over a hundred yards away. And of course when I do see them I never have a camera on hand. They're probably camera shy anyway. Yesterday I had a brief and somewhat blocked sighting. I ran to all the windows facing the back of the house to see if I could get a better view. But *Poof!* they were gone.
That brings us to today. I was at Kate's. I was starting to leave. I happened to look out the window and saw not one or two but five of them. I urged Kate to come see. (This is funny because she just told me yesterday that her parents are always making her "come see" when they have a sighting.) It was something I have never seen before. Kate admitted she hadn't either, and she's lived here for at least 15 years.
You wondering what I saw? Five beautiful deer (all female from what I could tell) in the neighbors' driveway. And I didn't have a camera! I was really kicking myself. I think the winter has been hard on them. They looked a little thin and they were eating the neighbors' bush. I stalled my departure from Kate's until they started heading to my backyard. I was in luck. I was going to get a picture of them. I stepped out the door, quietly. They all turned to look at me. Have you ever seen five deer caught in headlights? It was kind of funny. I waited. They waited. Then they decided they'd better move away from me. I watched them descend the hill between our house and the neighbor's. I quietly and quickly walked home, calling Mickey on the way. I got in the house, grabbed the camera, and peered out the windows. *Poof!* They were gone again. Like I said, they're probably camera shy. But I did get evidence they were there since we got a few more inches of snow. (It's a really lousy picture. I'll try to get another tomorrow.)
I threw some apples in the yard. I hope that draws them back. Who knows. Some other animal may eat them before the deer do.
Some day....I really hope I get a picture.