Monday, February 2, 2009

"Deer" to my Heart

One of my fondest childhood memories were the times spent with my Dad looking for deer. I can remember many evenings the whole family would pile into my Dad's truck and head for the local apple orchard to "spot" for deer. He had this giant spotlight that when plugged into the cigarette lighter could light up the universe. He would drive ever so slowly while my sister and I would take turns sweeping the light across the apple orchard trying to catch the glowing eyes of unsuspecting deer. There is something to that phrase "like a deer caught in the headlights". Those poor deer were probably blinded by the light of that spotlight. As we drove on, my Dad would share with us all of his "deer wisdom".
1. Deer always travel in numbers.
2. When one deer crosses the road always wait a minute--more will follow.
3. When looking for deer, focus on the woods edge.
My Dad even took me deer hunting with him once. The key word here is ONCE. Don't worry I didn't carry a gun I just went along to spend time with him. After we made a slight adjustment to the outfit my Mom sent for me to wear in the woods, we were ready for our adventure. An adjustment you ask? Well she sent a nice warm BROWN coat and for my head-- a pretty WHITE crocheted hat with a giant WHITE pom pom. Could I have looked more like a deer? Thankfully my Dad replaced all of this with the brightest orange I ever saw. All was going well until a little field mouse popped right out of the grass and ran across my legs. I screamed so loud that I am sure deer from miles around knew of our presence. Like I said before, he only took me once. But what fond memories I have. To this day I always find myself on the look out for deer. Imagine my surprise when I looked out of my bedroom window and spotted a whole family of deer just hanging out in my neighbors yard. They didn't even mind me hanging out of my window, camera in hand, snapping pictures like a crazy woman. If I could have only read their thoughts. Here are some of the pictures I was able to capture.......

I was so excited to see these beauties so close I must have stood at my window for a half an hour just watching them. I wonder how I will feel when they return in the Spring to nibble on the tender sprouts in my flower garden....

5 comments:

Mimi Sue said...

Every once in awhile we'll have deer come down from the mountains. They seem to love tulip leaves and lots of other stuff. I love to watch them but they can be destructive. You got some great pictures. Mimi

The Pink Bird House said...

What a great post! I lways wonder what is so spectacular about seeing wildlife so close to our human world! We have a family of small european deer living in the woods next to our house, and I have been lucky enough to see them up quite close several times. Imagine my surprise when one day I was walking the dog thru the woods and had to stop dead in our tracks because the buck was standing right in front of us! A shame I did not have my camera with me. Nice post!!! Debby

Viv (VivLyn) said...

They are so pretty and graceful!

Scrap for Joy said...

I always am amazed when we're driving along (me driving) and all of a sudden you'll say "There's a deer over there" and I quickly glance and see nothing! (My dad taught me to look for them, too)We need to find someone to drive US around and then I can see all that you see. These are really great shots (no pun intended) of your backyard visitors.
XOXO

The Pink Bird House said...

Mimi, just had to stop by and post another comment to you. I was sooo pleased by your warm and friendly comment on my last post. It really touched me deeply! How nice that over space and time on a computer, we have been able to connect to each other, share a bit of our lives with one and all, and meet the most delightful people through blogging. thank you for becoming a part of my world through our blogs! And by the way, my son is a great fan of the Super Bowl and watched it here with friends on Sunday, staying up most of the night since it was broadcast so late here due to the time difference. Kudos on the Pittsburgh Steelers winning!! Debby

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