Some "Deer" Friends Came to Visit

by Marsha January. 04, 2011 3212 views

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

In the middle of a snow storm the other day I looked out the back window to see snow-covered deer ears. The same three does had visited weeks before and had surprised me as I stood on the deck. They just jumped the fence and walked straight over toward the house as pretty as you please with that look in their eyes, “where's the food?” This was uncommon behavior for deer, and here it had happened once again! So with the snow adding some interest, I grabbed a bag of stale corn chips and my camera and began shooting deer.

Normally, I'd never get this close to a doe. They can be aggressive and hurt you badly with their hooves if they attack. I was several feet above her with a sturdy deck rail between us.

I'd chased them away by stomping on the deck at one point, and they went to the neighbors' yard. However, I was ready for fence-jumpers in case they came back….which they did!

I believe this young-un might have been one of the fawns I shot last spring.

We never feed deer…but this was a “special” occasion so I relented. It was obvious by their behavior though that someone's been feeding them regularly. Usually our neighborhood deer never come towards you….but instead keep a safe distance.

Goodbye, “deer” friends, come again some day!

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Marc Van Staey 6 years, 4 months ago

nice

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pandka 6 years, 4 months ago

Extraordinary!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Oweena 6 years, 4 months ago

Great shots of your visitors.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Nancy 6 years, 4 months ago

Exceptional post and captures!! Wow......love them all especially the first and #6:)))

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 6 years, 4 months ago

wow.

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Christa 6 years, 4 months ago

Extraordinary shots, what a beauty! They are hungry and cold, poor things, I'm glad I'm not a deer, but I would love to be photographed by you Marsha! :))

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brian 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow, these are fantastic. It's amazing how much snow is building up on them. Absolutely love #2!

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Jannie 6 years, 4 months ago

They are gorgeous. Great captures, all of them, but especially the shot of the fence jumper! We get deer every day foraging in our deer feeder, I mean compost pile!! We have 2 sets of twins right now and 5 babies total. The mamas were born and raised here too. I love to watch them year after year.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 4 months ago

Ah, they're so beautiful. I'm sure they appreciated your kindness :-)

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh so pretty!! With snow on their faces especially..saved #1 to favs..we never see this! Buy them some deer corn :-)

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jumiella 6 years, 4 months ago

All fantastic! But #1,2,6... wow!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pegah & Gelareh 6 years, 4 months ago

very nice set!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 4 months ago

wow!
superb post Marsha!
the deers really love you!You've taken so many shots of them, and now seeing them so close!
what an amazing set!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 4 months ago

Lovely shots, they look a bit on the fat side mind you, I hope the chips where low-fat? ;)

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Gonia 6 years, 4 months ago

they look absolutely pretty!they must be hungry too!or it is easier for them to get some food from men.time is changing.

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Jack 6 years, 4 months ago

very nice

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Jennye 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh my gosh, these are fantastic Marsha!!!!!!!
they must have been very hungry!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 4 months ago

Great set. I wouldn't be able to resist feeding animals that would starve otherwise.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 6 years, 4 months ago

excellent post!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ray 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow. I'm surprised that they couldn't find shelter. Beautiful post!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 4 months ago

Amazing shots, Marsha! You are so lucky to live in an area where these wonderful animals and others come right up to your house! I know they can be a nuisance eating plants in the summer, but for them, I don't think I'd care! Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I'll put #4 into my favs!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 6 years, 4 months ago

Wonderful post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 6 years, 4 months ago

A big Awwwwwwww going on here! Awesome set!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 4 months ago

TFS this wonderful experience ,great set.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Claire 6 years, 4 months ago

superb !

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Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 4 months ago

The expression in #1 is so appealing I think I might just have to put it into my favourites.
Wonderful set Marsha. Great report. I think Redro puts my feelings into words.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic!

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Redro 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad you don't follow blindly the rules Marsha.
I know it's not good to feed wild animals because they should keep away from populated places, but in special situations like snow storms when they can't find anything to eat people should act in a way to save them not to condemn them to starvation, even if that means to bend the law...What's more important after all ? If you don't do it regularly it will be the best compromise.
How could somebody say NO to the face in #2 :) ??? !
This is a very special post. Great pictures and story.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kratek 6 years, 4 months ago

very nice

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Contesina 6 years, 4 months ago

Amazing set! Well done!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Maud - Normandie - France 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh very sweet, very cute set !! j'aime le regard de cet animal, et la dernière est émouvante !! bravo Marsha ! dans mes favoris bien sûr !!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Amber 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh my gosh!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Aren't you so lucky to have gotten this close to these gorgeous creatures AND to have had camera handy! GREAT set!!! Going into my faves!

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 4 months ago

What a truly beautiful and extraordinary set... truly a priviledge to see them so close.

6 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ibrahim 6 years, 4 months ago

what a nice surprise and beautiful guests :)

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