Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Sighting

I should start by saying that I love to observe wildlife whenever I can.  (For proof click here and here.) Preferably in their natural habitat, although I'd take a good zoo any day.

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.

1 comment:

Janel said...

I hope you don't have any tulips planted that they want to nibble on!