Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Simple Turn

I just looked up this morning and saw this deer in our back yard. I did not want to spook her, so I took these photos through the window (literally 2 minutes ago) and about 10' (3.5 meters or so) from her. This is the reason for some of the reflection you see here.

Here is a shot to show you how close she was to the house. This is the edge of the deck area which is just about 6' (2 meters or so) from the house.

The strength of so many animals to live in our suburban environment just a very few miles from a very urban environment never ceases to amaze me.

What amazes you today?


Lynette said...

Awww Kim, your fantastic photos are amazing me and she looks so sweet! I can't belive she was so close to your house!

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you, Lynette! I have some more to show you in a little bit...something we went through just a few hours after I took these pictures.

She was very sweet and close.

Thanks, Lynette!

Unknown said...

Well, your wonderful pictures are the answer to you question:) YOU are amazing me today:) !

How how delicate and strong at the same time (as you said) these animals are. I love them, it is beauty!
have a lovely day

Andrea and Kim said...

Andrea, you are so sweet! Thank you!

It is amazing how these animals do it. You know after yesterday afternoon's experience I am even more amazed. Just before this storm hit, I saw her again slip into the wooded area of our back yard. I have thought about her a lot...I wonder how she got along?

Animal life is quiet here this morning.

Paula In Pinetop said...

Wow, this is really amazing. We have a lot of coyotes in our area and we live just 20 minutes from pretty extensive mountain areas. Nature is just amazing and I'm glad you were slowed down enough to seize the moment. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, I almost forgot. Speaking of nature and animals we have lizards in our yard which isn't much of a news flash but the funny one is the lizard we've named stubby, he always rushes out to greet the garden hose when I water and he has no tail....well just a stub. So cute.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hey Paula,

I bet you do have coyotes.

I see these animals here a lot. Today I have seen two fox and one had a meal in it's mouth. I am sure they didn't venture out in the storm yesterday and were hungry today.

Oh yes, lizards are funny to watch, I think. We had a lot of them in Texas! When I first moved there I was afraid of them...always afraid of what you don't know, right? Well, snakes still get me no matter what. I can't even look at them.

Stubby does sound very cute, that is for sure.

Thanks Paula!

Katiejane said...

I know what you mean, but what choice do they have? If your area is like my area, the developers can't leave a square inch of land undeveloped! Where is wildlife supposed to go but into our backyards?

Andrea and Kim said...

You are so very right, Kate. What choice, indeed. You know in this area, there is not any new development. The big thing here is removing old houses and rebuilding on the same site...not crazy about that idea, either, but we are sure not known for building long lasting quality in the last 50 years or so, are we?

That kind of development is happening out from this area, but it seems as though those are the houses which are being foreclosed on these days. Are you seeing that there?

We just do not have enough respect, do we? So sad!

I very much appreciate your response here, Kate.

Thank You!

~Babs said...

I agree,,,the encroachment upon animals is really very sad.
And what really breaks my heart (and makes me furious) are people who dump unwanted pets out in the wild to fend for themselves! We see this so much when traveling back and forth to the lake. This trip it was a new Mama dog,,,she must have still been nursing,it was so obvious from the way her 'pouches' were swinging back and forth. We've started carrying a big bag of dogfood, and always stop and put some out for the animals we see. This girl I named Penny, as she was a large, copper red dog,,,and very hungry. Usually they're really scared, and shy away,,,but in the rearview mirror you can see them chomping away on the food. We used to pick them up and bring them home when we lived on an acreage, out from town, vaccinate them, have them neutered,,try to find homes. We can't do that anymore,,,,so we just give them dinner.
So sad,,,,,sigh

Andrea and Kim said...

Oh Babs, what a sad story about Penny and the other animals. I don't see a lot of that here, but we have the wild animals hanging around. I have heard some horse owners are abandoning their very expensive animals, too, because they say they can't afford to feed them...I don't get that, horses sure can survive on pasture. Maybe these are those animals owned by people who board them. I don't know. Anyway you look at it the issue is responsible pet ownership.

You remind me of a friend who would have the wild cats around his house neutered. In the end, he keeps the cats himself, but is as responsible citizen who does what you do.

The world needs more people like you and your husband, Babs! But I already knew that.