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Sneaking Up on a Buck

Sunday, August 31, 2014


The canoe, Lois, is my cloak of invisibility. When Marcy and Shila told me they'd spotted a buck bedded up on a steep slope, under cover of trees, I paddled quickly but silently over. Gave a few strokes, drifted motionless ever closer, then hung onto a snag to anchor myself for photography.


He was unperturbed by my presence. I was not something to worry about, floating in a small boat out on the lake. 


That's how I like my deer best: Unperturbed. Not simmered, seared, sauteed or with a side of wild rice. Unperturbed.


Quietly grooming himself.


Arising, preparing himself for an afternoon's foraging. He'll be a five-pointer. 


Those velvet antlers itch. A well-placed sharp hoof does the job. 


Thus groomed, he's ready to go. 


And I am blessed by his presence, by witnessing his toilette, his peaceful reverie, which becomes mine.


Such incredible beauty awaits those who float silently. These multicolored birds with their raiment of bronzy green and wine. Who could dream such a beautiful little heron?


Death to minnows and frogs, life itself to me.


The work of a pileated woodpecker in live wood, excavating for carpenter ants. These huge rectangular holes open out the ant galleries, and the pileated sits there lapping the larvae, eggs and adult ants up as they run by. 


And everywhere around me, the kwirrk and churr and constant pas de deux of the Snag Kings, the Woodpeckers to Beat All Woodpeckers, the Flying American Flags, my darlings the red-heads. Raising up their young by the dozen in this Nirvana for birdwatchers, deerwatchers, heronoglers. North Bend State Park. You really must visit.

8 comments:

Now that's how I like a Sunday sermon... (I think I can go face Monday now)

Divine. Thank you.

Some pretty awesome redhead photos Miss Zick. Icing on the buck cake.

That last photo is totally awesome!

Posted by Anonymous August 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I that counts as deer yoga

Beautiful deer pictures. I love to take out the sliding seat of my canoe and lie down and just drift - works great on little creeks. Then I mostly get ignored by wildlife.

Beautiful deer pictures. I love to take out the sliding seat of my canoe and lie down and just drift - works great on little creeks. Then I mostly get ignored by wildlife.

Beautiful!

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