Saturday Snapshot

Early yesterday morning I was sitting at the computer when a movement outside caught my eye. My desk faces the window looking out onto the back garden. I thought maybe someone was taking an early morning walk along the footpath just beyond our garden fence, but no – it was a deer. For once my camera was on the desk, with a card in and the battery wasn’t flat. Quickly I zoomed in and took a few photos because normally wildlife doesn’t hang around when I’m taking photos.

He was eating the leaves and blossom off the little apple tree and then walked on,

going behind the trees and out of sight. I thought that was that and he’d left the garden, but not so. For the next 30 minutes or so I could see him wandering around that part of the garden going backwards and forwards eating leaves and generally mooching about. I began to wonder if he couldn’t get out, but presumably as he’d got in he could get out. So I had my breakfast and then saw him again, this time moving towards the house. He jumped over our little stream and ran across the side garden.

This photo of him running is a bit hazy from the reflection from the window and my haste to get a photo! I was able to get a better photo from the side window:

He then went towards the road side fence and we were bothered he’d jump over onto the road. So Dave went out to the front garden to the other side of the fence from the deer and he ran back over the stream and disappeared. Later in the morning I went over to the back garden and found strands of hair caught on the fence where he had jumped over it.

He was in the garden for nearly an hour! He was much bigger than he looks in the photos and I think he’s a Roe Deer.

To participate in Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. All Alyce asks is that you don’t post random photos that you find online.

17 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot”

  1. Margaret – What wonderful ‘photos! How lovely that you got such a great story of a deer visiting you! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I too am green with envy. While I’d love that kind of visitor in my yard, I’m thinking Lyme disease. But, what the heck just wear long pants.

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  3. Hi!
    Awesome shots! We had a couple of deer come into our back field last year. They just laid down and took a little rest. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

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  4. Ooh, I love it. He looks different than the deer we’ve had here near our house. Something about the antlers. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Obviously he found your yard as enticing as we do. Wonderful close-up photo of him. We have white tail deer frequently in our hay fields and sometimes in our yard, usually when our pears are ripe. Ours don’t come around when it’s light enough to get good pictures of them though.

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  6. That’s a beautiful deer, Margaret, and good photos! Around here we have whitetail deer which look quite different. They are always around and people often feed them in the winter. In some places, they really do a lot of damage, but we’ve not had any trouble. The scary thing in many states now is Lyme Disease carried by the deer tick.

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