Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Noisy Distraction (2)

 Full knee-deep lie the winter snow,
And the winter winds are wearily sighing.
                  Alfred, Lord Tennyson



 I inch ahead and keep very quiet, I am afraid if I move to fast they will know I am not supposed to see this nor be here. They will know that the noisy Crows had drowned out the warning sound of the crunching snow under foot and they would normally have already been hiding in the bushes or I would have only caught a glimpse of their white tails high in the air as they were running. I see another one emerging out of the trees; I stop and stand very still, Leo (my camera) to my eye. I pushed the button.

This plan was working and I was so happy I had not worn that orange jacket that makes rustling sounds when I move, or that I was not carrying that bear bell. I stood there still and quiet as they walked closer one at a time. The Crows were still in conference and I could hear it getting louder, and louder wondering if there was some sort of disagreement going on. I did not care I was just happy to be standing so close to those Deer that I have broken trail for when the snow was so deep, or marveled at their melted in the snow indent left after they had slept curled up under a tree for the night. Maybe they knew this and wanted to check me out too.


 Suddenly the Crows went silent, I stopped pushing the button on Leo and tried not to breath, keeping very still; Silence…. then I heard a couple of Blue Jays squawking and again the Crows started up. I imagined that it was a conference meeting and now the Blue Jays had demanded to be heard. I imagined the head Crow saying “Let him speak.”

One by one the Deer wandered away but one stood there behind that old Cedar tree like a statue and just stared at me. We were staring at each other and I knew what I was thinking. This was the best moment in the bush I have had all winter, being this close to this beautiful creature with no fear in her beautiful brown eyes. A graceful creature that I had seen sail over those rail fences as if they were not even there. I had watched from a distance as she struggled through the deep snow, a creature that would leave tracks for me to follow while snowshoeing across the ridge.


I could only imagine what the Deer was thinking and I was hoping maybe the beautiful part but the part about being so close to a creature that she had seen many times before while hiding in the bushes after being startled by a noise. A creature that had no fear in her beautiful green eyes either. A creature who could be seen wearing an orange rustling jacket, black Styling Coveralls, and Pink Cadillac Boots and who could be heard singing silly songs on occasion. A creature that left tracks for her and her friends to follow through the deep snow so they would not have to struggle below the ridge.

She finally turned and ran, I followed her down to the bottom of the hill quickly just in time to see about ten white tails (flags) high in the air running across the field, and one by one these beautiful creatures leapt over the fence like it was not even there. I had forgotten that I had Leo in my hand and had just stood there and watched in total amazement very still and quiet. When they were out of sight I looked up towards the ridge and those trees and whispered thank you to those noisy Crows for making my day.


 I never did go back to bed I knew Nature is the only tonic I will ever need.

So did you guess it from part one’s photo?

Later.

37 comments:

  1. I, too, would have been transfixed. I was right there with you, listening to those birds and holding my breath at the deer. What grace to see them jump that fence!

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  2. Look at those beautiful deer. I wouldn't be able to go back to bed either after that!

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  3. ohhh look at them buttons! aren't they beautiful?!!

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  4. What a lovely surprise, Buttons! I love seeing deer in the woods.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this once in a lifetime moment. Beautiful!

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  6. What a treat to get to see them so close! Thanks for sharing your pictures! :)

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  7. So beautiful...it's been a long long time since I have seen deer.

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  8. Breath-taking B -- I would have been so excited! xo

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  9. Wonderful post and photos ! I am still trying to capture the deer here but they are all so skittish and run when I am in their sight or at the slightest noise ! Beautiful creatures aren't they ? ! Have a good day !

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  10. I love watching deer. They are so beautiful!

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  11. What a special treat for you! I couldn't see them yesterday...should've put on my new bifocals I guess! :)

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  12. Ohhhh You are so Right! Nature is THE tonic....for me. My soul. We are kindred spirits in this for certain. Hugs xx

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  13. Beautiful!! I felt like I was right there watching this all unfold while reading your story!

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  14. Oh, wow. I was right there with you reliving that moment. There's no better tonic than nature in my book. Great captures and a wonderful story. Hope today is a good one for you!

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  15. The snow is beautiful and so is the scene. You wrote lovely words too.

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  16. A beautiful story. Nature is indeed a tonic.

    We have a lot of deer that visit our yard. We enjoy watching them through the windows.

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  17. A magical moment, to see and photograph!! They let you get pretty close b, they are just as happy to see us as we to see them. My happiest moments are spent outside, enjoying nature!

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  18. Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing with us, Miss Buttons!!
    Hugs! Mandi

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  19. So awesome! I did not guess that from yesterday's photo! Sounds like such a special moment :)

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  20. These look so beautiful! I really liked these posts.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  21. Something about the gracefulness of deer that always makes us stop and stare. Sometimes they do stop and stare back. Great photos. You and Leo are quite a team.

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  22. What a wonderful two part post.

    The beauty of nature can always center me.

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  23. Once a couple of deer sneaked up on ME! I almost jumped out of my skin! About face is fairplay I guess. Sandra

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  24. I saw the little head in your last post picture. What a lovely way to start your day, Buttons. Hugs Sue

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  25. I enjoyed reading your story so much. I kinda thought it was dear just by what other had seen. Your photos of them are so pretty. I would have loved to have been there by your side to see that beautiful site.

    Hugs~

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  26. I would have given anything to be there buttons :)

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  27. There is nothing more magical than spending time with wildlife. I enjoy watching them while hunting, walking,on the porch, or through the windows of the cabin. It always amazes me how they make it through harsh winters.

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  28. B-I never get tired of seeing deer! Even when I lived in western New York and they were everywhere, it was always a thrill when I'd spy some in a field-or in my yard:)

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  29. You wove us into that story so beautifully there, we can see our breath fogging the lens of the camera, and hear the slight crunch of the snow beneath our feet.

    Jen

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  30. Ah, they are beautiful! What a wonderful morning.

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  31. Dear are so graceful when they run along and glide over fences! I love ato watch then even though they nibble at my garden. : )

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  32. Deer are so beautiful, it is wonderful to watch them, and get as close as they will allow. I read somewhere that their eyesight is not good, but their sense of smell and hearing are excellent!

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  33. What a wonderful surprise! So beautiful against the snow! I'll bet you could hardly breathe. I love their white flags. xx

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  34. those are beautiful photographs...taken by a very talented photographer who knows what to look for...and sees it...


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  35. these are just gorgeous, dear!
    *hugs*

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