Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The white-tailed doe that has been here so often has one or two fawns. They nest across the road in the beaver meadow. The grass is again so high that when the doe stands only her head is visible. At times you can see the fawn(s) if they are in the tramped-down areas I circled. Otherwise they are invisible. I saw three deer there but I am uncertain whether one was a second fawn or another deer.
The doe will soon take the fawn across the road and up the mountain behind me. Last time this occurred, the doe did this successfully but it took all day. They stayed by the road, hidden in the grass. They required a very long length of quiet time in order to start across. The slightest noise forced them to hide again. I never saw them cross but I knew they were successful because I saw them the next day in the small meadow behind the house.
This photo was taken at dusk on Saturday night. When I imported it to iPhoto the photograph was completely black. I managed to retrieve this image after playing with the histogram. There were three deer here and one may have been a buck which bounded away. These two doe nested down in the grass overnight (about 1/8 mile east from the doe with the fawn). Wingnut saw these deer through binoculars. This was the first time he had ever seen deer.
I used Skitch for the effects on both photos. I have five beta invitations left. Please e-mail me or leave a comment if you would like an invitation (Mac only).