Wednesday, February 2, 2011
When Deer Come A-Calling on a Snowy Day
They come from the woods in small groups winding around brush piles and downed trees, eyes bright and ears on alert for any unusual noise that could signal danger. The allure of tender morsels hidden beneath a light blanket of snow overcomes the natural tendency to keep their distance, typically preferring to blend into tree bark and brambles. Today they approach our courtyard where the honeysuckle awaits, flowing out towards the side yard. They freeze upon hearing a stray cat, crying for food, cross the courtyard and scamper onto the porch. White tails begin to flick erratically and you can almost feel the tension in the air. In an instant one decides to take flight leaping and bounding over logs and branches which causes the other three to follow suit. Such beautiful animals.
A view from our top floor.