Friday, July 16, 2010

Camera Critters

We were walking by the creek making our way across the walking bridge. I don't know what it was that made me notice the ever so slight movement, but out of the corner of my eye I spotted a beige colored speck in the distance and the more I peered through the leaves, two ears took shape. It was a deer.

When I looked through the lens of my camera there she was standing in the middle of the creek, with the shadows of the leaves on her head.

I moved slightly to try and get a better view of her face. I have seen deer a thousand times but whenever I spot one it is as though for the first time. I just stand there and stare, and I feel this sense of peace flowing through my body as my eyes take in a wonderful scene. Sunlight dancing through the leaves, the chirping of birds up in the trees, the sound of the water gurgling in the creek, and my little deer as interested in us as we were in her.

She looked one way....

and then the other....

and she must have sensed that she was safe as she started drinking. After observing her for a little while longer, we decided to leave her alone and we continued on our way.

This was our gift for the day.

Camera Critters is a wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn. Thank you Misty!

You can find other critter photos by clicking here.

26 comments:

Jan said...

Denise, I love your presentation on this post. Lovely photos.

Elettra said...

exceptional gift, thanks

imac said...

Brill photographic skills Denise.

John said...

Whatever zoom/crop/inset feature that is you are using, I love it. The close-up of the deer drinking is fantastic.

Callie said...

Wow! What a great camera and those are some nifty photos. You captured a lovely moment.

jabblog said...

Beautiful sequence, Denise. The excitement of seeing wild life never fades, does it?

matron said...

It is so satisfying,when such simple,innocent things bring us joy.These photo's of the deer are wonderful and I love the way you have presented them.Great photography Denise.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How wonderful to see it for yourselves Denise. You have made it a gift to us also - many thanks. A x

diane said...

Nature is beautiful and uplifting. A lovely post.

carolina mts said...

Wonderful gift, post and photos. I never see deer but for a second and they are on their way. I have been by your blog sveral times this week but some days I cannot open it on my computer so I can't leave a comment! Don't know why!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

She was comfortable with your presence and continued with her drinking, isn't that a lovely, calming, compliment ?
Beautiful shots Denise !

Indrani said...

Great captures, nicely camouflaged.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I really like this photo essay, fantastic shots and well documented.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Beautiful post, Denise. There is just something magical about seeing wildlife up-close in its natural habitat.
I really liked the way you presented these photos with the subject framed and the rest blurred. It gives us the same sense that cropping would--drawing our focus to the subject--without taking away the setting. Well done!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wonderful photographs. I have seen lots of deer in the wild but I am hardly ever ready to get a photo and they run off.

Mandy said...

Amazing! Love the progression of shots.

Cathy said...

Hello Denise
Like everyone else I'm thrilled that you were in the right place at the right time and managed to see these deer.
I does look like she is checking the air - similar to the look right look left look right again - or left right left in your case lol
What photo prog. did you use to get that fabulous effect?
Take care
Cathy

Kay said...

You have very good eyes! I love how you did that framing! You are so good with your camera and the computer. I'm in awe of your ability.

ksdoolittle said...

Spectacular post. I love the way you zoomed in and boxed it off. How did you do that? ~karen

JJ said...

That was a truly lovely post Denise. I so enjoyed it
JJ

Michael said...

Magical, just magical. :)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I agree with you that you were given a gift that day. Bob and I sometimes refer to such treasures as today's bonus.

Huzhar said...

Very nice post..
And great capture..
Well done Denise..

Willard said...

What a wonderful encounter!

Hartwood Roses said...

Your deer photos make it easy to see why our greyhounds are often mistaken for deer. Lovely photos!! Thank you for sharing them with us.
Connie

Misty Dawn said...

I'm the exact same way when I see a deer. Each and every time is a magnificent experience. Of course, part of that may be because they are my favorite animal (beside dogs, of course).