Beautiful Girl~ 2010
This beautiful mule deer doe spent a lot of time in our yard with her twins the past 3 years.. she is old and weathered and wise..a beautiful doe.
I love the character and detail in her face ~ I love her knowledge and instinct to survive ~
On New Years eve.. I photographed her sleeping in the hay stack in my yard.. New Years day.. she stayed there with one of her babies until almost 10.. I worried, because I know she is old, and I know the bitter cold was hurting her old bones.. but when the sun finally shone over the mountain and warmed the bottom of this draw~ she got up ~ and I watched her as she slowly walked down the drive way and headed to water on the creek.
The next morning.. I woke to a loan yearling sleeping in the hay pile.. it hung around for several hours before getting up and cautiously moving down the drive way.. I have not seen my old girl since that day~ but I won’t think of the worst.. because none of the deer have visited my yard since that morning.. the moon has changed and they have gone into a new daily pattern… but I know I will be watching for her~ and hoping she survives another winter to teach another set of twins in the spring..