My Prettiest Picture This Week
Did You Know Deer Play Like Dogs?
A glance out the window, a flash of movement & what a surprise — a deer standing on her hind legs nibbling at the foliage of a branch high above! Wow, I didn’t know they could stand like that for such a long time — at least, it sure seemed like quite awhile! 😉
Big & tall as the gorgeous deer was, she couldn’t quite grab more than a tip of a leaf, … then suddenly the leaf would rip & the whole branch would fly back up to the sky, waving at her as it bounced higher out of her reach.
I didn’t see the smaller deer at first. He came bounding out from … somewhere — the hedge? behind the big tree? beside the workshop?
Suddenly the two of them were playing — jumping & running around the trees in the yard just like Lady & Mollie love to do — but a more bouncy game of chase than dogs. And more graceful. And faster. Man, they were flying — simply blurs in my photos!
Of course, I was too entranced watching them play to worry about pictures — to let that intrude would take the magic from these precious moments.
I think the pair are mother & child –– filled with a simple joy, hidden away from people & their deadly contraptions, with room to run free. To play. To nibble at fresh delectable delights growing all around. To enjoy life. Be Safe.
Lady knew I was looking at something & with the window next to me wide open, it didn’t take her long to sniff the elusive ones.
I whispered for ‘quiet voice’ & Mollie woofed a little grumble — the deer listened but did not seem bothered.
Moving around the tree, the smaller deer saw me but didn’t seem surprised — he simply looked back at me. He’d maybe have a nibble or two — then simply watch me watching him. 😉
Even Lady’s muted, mournful, & miraculously short howl didn’t bother the deer outside — could they tell that the dogs were inside & not able to get out? Was it in the loudness of the bark [or howl, in Lady’s case] or was the message clear?
As time silently passed, the wind gently rustled the leaves — with no particular rush, first one, then the other deer went through the neighbour’s hedge to nibble down the little hill. But there’d be no more photos — the light was fading & my camera wanted to use the flash — uh, no, that would certainly startle the gentle creatures! Happily, I put down the camera to simply watch the beauties move on. 😀
Sorry, two grainy photos are cropped from pictures with highest zoom, still —
I love the deer’s burnished colour, strong bone structure, tall ears always on alert,
& muscled bodies ready for instant speed if needed.
Such beautiful, regal animals —
so totally cool to share their deer play. 😎