We came across this beautiful solitary deer who didn't seem to mind us being there. I had my zoom and was careful not to get too close. I took lots of pictures but was disappointed that several came out rather blurry. Not sure of the settings for that half-light and really do need educating in that area. It's on my never-ending list of photography know-how list.
He was just gorgeous and when my photos don't turn out the way I want them to, I have to remind myself that the best camera is the mind's eye, and to enjoy the moment of being in such close proximity to one of nature's children.
Eventually his ears picked up a sound in the distance and I watched as he went off to investigate. My moment with friend the deer was over. The last photo of him is blurry but it has an artsy effect that I like.
I found an empty bird's nest and after studying it for a while I noticed that there were dozens of shedded skins of what I think are cicadas all over the trees. The insects were very noisy, grasshoppers, cicadas? Who knows. You might be able to make them out when you click on the photo to enlarge it. This link takes you to a page of information on Wikipedia, and if you scroll down a little you can watch a time-release photo show of a cicada shedding its skin.
It was a lovely walk and we are looking forward to our next one. Anybody who is interested in Civil War history may find this page interesting.