Seeing two deer outside my family room window this morning and writing the post, The View While Tying Flies, I wrote these words: “Both deer were good-sized, but with no fawns. Though it is still early for that, but any day now the does will start dropping their fawns.” Indeed!
I took a short nap a while ago, and was awakened at 5:45 PM by my Cocker Spaniel, Abigail, quietly woofing in the front living room bay window. I knew she saw something, that’s what she does. Before I put my glasses on – I’m near-sighted – I thought it was a turkey or perhaps a hawk on the ground. Correcting my vision with my glasses, I looked out to see a doe bedded down in my yard, under the weeping willow tree. I went upstairs to get a better view, and when I did, something tiny moved next to the doe. It was a fawn! Immediately I went for the camera. My tripod was fortuitously placed beside the bay window, because that is where I setup to shoot most of my flies, on a TV tray, next to the window. I like to use natural daylight, no flash.
After retrieving the camera, I carefully went through the kitchen and dining room to screen my approach. I bent down, mounted the camera on the tripod, moved the tripod into position, turned the camera on, set it to custom timer, and took these photos.
This is a section of the yard that I would have been mowing today, had it not been raining. I’m not sure if they just bedded down there, or whether she actually gave birth in my yard.
I have plenty of stories garnered over the years of seeing deer with fawns while fishing in late May and early June. One of the best, and I have a 35mm slide photo to remember that fawn – I was using my Olympus OM-1 with a 70-210 zoom lens. Back in the mid-1980’s, I always carried my camera while fishing. That lens will not focus closer than six feet. As I was trying to get shots of a fawn along a creek near out family cabin, the little guy became curious and came right up to me. Initially he got so close that I could not focus the zoom lens. Then he kept coming to me and leaned his head out and sniffed my right leg, leaving a wet spot from his nose on my hip boot.
I’m going to grill a bacon cheeseburger for dinner, and enjoy some of my home-made potato salad as a side. Good thing the gas grill is on the back patio, hopefully I won’t disturb the doe and her youngster.