Feeling better and seeing fourteen deer in the yard

Well, I hope to get back on the regular posting schedule this week. My UT troubles should be resolved soon and life get back get to normal. This is the first time since I had my children that I have had a significant physical issue and I guess that I have been spoiled. I think that it was all due to the calcium supplement my doctor suggested to protect from bone loss. Anyway, while I haven’t spent a lot of time in the studio the last week and a half, I have finished inking and started coloring my next picture. If all goes well I should be able to post it this week.

On the wildlife front, we did see a very large herd of does and yearlings this week. There were fourteen of them in the woods and crossing in front of the lake. That’s about the biggest herd we’ve ever seen here. About half crossed to the other side of the yard but we kept seeing more and more in the woods. After a while some decided to rest just inside the the edge of the trees. I’ve never seen that before -deer resting in sight in the woods. Fortunately, I always keep my trusty camera within reach and I was able to take pictures of them bedding down. In the past, my dog and I have scared up resting bucks while we were out berry picking. I don’t know who was more surprised – the buck, the dog or me.  Definitely an adrenaline moment for everybody.  And funny too as the stag leapt away with brambles hanging from his growing antlers.

Interestingly, we also have been seeing areas in the yard where the deer have pawed away the snow to get down to the grass.  We had a major drought here from August until Oct/Nov.  I think we got less than 2 inches of rain total and I don’t know how that affected the browse that deer normally eat.  We have consistantly seen this all winter when the snow has covered the ground, which has been too often IMHO.  Let’s vote that Puxetawny Phil doesn’t see the sun, even if we have to give him blindfolds. 

A few of the deer and yearlings


Does bedded down


Pawing through the snow to the grass

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 16:35:50

    Your photos are beautiful and you are so lucky to live in this natural setting. I’m glad to hear that you are beginning to feel like yourself again. It is no fun being sick!


    • ruthsartwork
      Jan 30, 2011 @ 22:41:53

      Thanks. It is always a wonder to be able to look out of the window, never knowing what I might see. And we never quite appreciate our health until we have trouble with it. At least it was something fairly easily diagnosed and treatable.


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