When I came home from school this afternoon, I went out on our back deck and found a surprise. A young deer was standing just a few feet from the deck's edge staring at me. I watched for a few minutes expecting the animal to race off into the woods, but it never did. Instead it remained there munching on the abundant crop of acorns lying on the ground.
Eventually, I decided to go inside for my camera expecting the deer to have disappeared by the time I returned.
In fact, when I returned I edged as close as I could without leaving the deck. The deer didn't give ground and stared back at me even as the flash on my camera went off for several different shots. I went back inside, and when I looked out later the deer was still there feasting on the acorns.
I've been watching our herd--sometimes as many as eight--for quite a few years. This is the first time I've seen one this tame. I'm not sure it's a good thing!
Here are a couple of the photos I took. Because the deer's coloring has changed to match the foliage and it was growing dark as well, the photos are not as clear as I hoped.