Saturday, August 17, 2013

The children of the doe

I happened to glance out the window yesterday afternoon and noticed a something moving in the middle of the yard.

It’s always a treat to see a fawn.


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And as I came around the corner of the house with the camera, I saw that there was not only one.


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Where’s your mother?

I looked but could see no mother hovering nearby. I knew she had to be around, though. Well, I hoped she was, anyway.


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Early this morning I saw them again, the children of the doe. Only this time she was there with them. They must feel safe up here on the hill.



I love the way the doe knows how to go
through the tall brambles: She ambles
her hips first to one side,
then another; tosses her nose high
to sniff the trails of air; and
proffers only a passing glance to
the chickadee on his slanted
branch. She knows the way;
she knows the turn of a hoof print
here, to the right of the wild rose brier;
there, past the tip of the raspberry twig;
she knows the sun even before
his fine arced dome appears
on the eastern horizon, and
she goes that way,
into the still of the dew
into the hills of the morning
in through that path between the thorns
that is so hard for us to see.

~Pat Campbell Carlson


Hope your weekend is a pleasant one.

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Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! Lucky you , I haven't seen any deer here even though we have a forest that surrounds our valley and a river ! Thanks for sharing ! These made me smile ! Have a good weekend !

donna baker said...

One of my does had triplets this year. The bucks' horns are still velvet covered but growing large. They come watch me at the pond each evening. Sadly, the hunters will shoot those bucks this fall.

Jeanne Walker said...

Being up here in the Rockies, I've only seen three deer! How blessed are you that these three...mother and babies...visit you right where you are!!! Have a wonderfully blessed and peaceful weekend!

Deb said...

Oh, they are so beautiful. I see them around our parts as I drive to clients' homes in the country. Each time you see one it's like the first time again. Deb

Acorn to Oak said...

They're beautiful! How lucky to have them visiting and hanging out in your yard and that you were able to get such great photos. :-)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They look very healthy with full tummies.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Daryl said...

oh what a delight!

Rambling said...

How beautiful. That would make my day!

Cloudia said...

How magical, Dear! The light through her pink ear slays me

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

Carolynn Anctil said...

Awesome captures! I saw a fawn with her mother the other day, but you'd need a magnifying glass to see it in the photo I took with my little pocket camera. Nevertheless, it was a thrill to see it, as you say.

A Glowing Ember

Kerri Farley said...

How sweet!!!

Mersad said...

Lucky you. This is a blink-ot-you'll-miss-it moment!

Connie in Hartwood said...

What beautiful creatures! Our weather this week has been a gift, making it such a delight to be outside in it.

Know that we are here whenever you are, whenever that may be ... thinking of you and caring about how you and the rest of the family are doing.

JaneK said...

Lovely, just lovely

And of course they feel safe up there.....

jinxxxygirl said...

Aren't fawns wonderful!? Those two look quite large...though it is hard to tell without the mother for reference...i would say they should be losing their spots soon. Lovely pics. Thanks so much! Hugs! deb

Bluebird49 said...

Don't they look nice and healthy---their mom is looking after them very well! My daddy brought a fawn home to me one night after he saw its mom get killed by another car. We bottle fed him and then it was really impossible to instill fear of humans in "Baby-Deer!" He'd already lost those spots when one day he didn't come up when I called. I'd love to think he survived hunting season...but I never saw him again. It's so hard to know what to do when a 'wild' baby needs feeding---how can it not come to think of us and our hand holding that bottle as its new mommy? I still have very fond memories of the time we raised "Baby-Deer!"

Ellen said...

Oh my. How sweet. I guess it's better to have children of the doe instead of children of the corn!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lucky you to see such beauty from your window.
Lovely poem to finish with too.
Thinking of you.

Em Parkinson said...

You too Kate, although it seems to be over already! What beautiful fawns - I've never been quick enough with the camera when I've seen them here. They're gone in seconds.

Kay said...

That is a great picture of the fawns.....they are such a peaceful looking animal.... Complete serenity. It is a picture perfect day out here on the coast of Oregon,not a cloud......we have had a very dry summer, and need some rain. I am going down to Bandon in a few minutes to catch the last performance of GREASE. Thinking of you and your husband......Much love from Oregon .. Kay

DesertHen said...

I love watching the fawns that visit our hay fields while the does watch them from a distance. My husband found one little fawn while swathing hay this summer. He had to get out and move it. He placed it a few rows over and momma found it rather quickly and moved it.

The twins are lovely! Won't be long and those spots will disappear.

Sabrina Steyling said...

Oh are they ever cute! What great photos. :)

beth said...

i think it's as simple as them feeling YOUR love....and that's why they feel safe !!...xo

mrs mediocrity said...

Wow, that was a gift. Just gorgeous.

Hilary said...

What a beautiful treat. They know they're in a loving place.

Nellie said...

Beautiful, Kate! The poem fits perfectly!

xo Nellie

The JR said...

Awesome pictures. I'm glad you saw their momma.

Annie said...

Beautiful animals, and wonderful photos too Kate! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!
Hope you have a good week.

Mary said...

They ARE beautiful, which is something I try to remember when I catch them eating my flowers... :) Wonderful captures, Kate! xoxo

Lili said...

It's almost like time pauses a little whenever I catch a glimpse of a deer. Your photos captured that feeling for me. Something about the way they stand just seems so magical. xo