Friday, April 27, 2012

Camera Critters

The Place I Want To Get Back To.....

is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness

and first light 
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let's see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground, like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers,
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed 
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can't be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit.  I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named


This beautiful poem is by Mary Oliver and Gregg and I have taken these photos over the last several years and have been shown before.  However, it's been a while and I am revisiting them for the poem I found today.


Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters.
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Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Denise,
AWesome set of pictures, they are adorable critters,I love all portraits, mainly the first composition with the cute friends, green field and some flowers!
Happy Friday

i beati said...

my heart is there with you

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos and post ! Have a good day !

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, how very beautiful, the words and the images. Your header is gorgeous, too.

Jane and Chris said...

Beautiful shots of beautiful creatures.Deer are very calming to watch.
Jane x

TexWisGirl said...

such beauties! love your header photo, too!

Linda said...

What adorable photos! I love your header photo as well, Denise.

Jan said...

You photos are outstanding, and I love the poem you shared.

Antonette said...

Awwww, what adorable pictures you took! I'm so jealous though! LOL! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.


gigihawaii said...

Lovely photos of the deer. I especially like the one of the mother nursing her baby. You take the best pictures of animals, Denise.

imac said...

Your pics sure compliment this poem.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice shots and always enjoy Mary

cloudia charters said...

such lovely sensitive pictures, D

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Kay said...

The poem and accompanying photos are so beautiful, Denise.

The Elephant's Child said...

Beautiful sentiments, beautiful images. Thank you.

lina @happy family said...

Very beautiful captures of deer's life. I'm so touched with the mom and baby deer shot.

collettakay said...

Beautiful pics! I love the fawns!

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chubskulit said...

We recently drove by where there are so many deer. Lovely captures Denise. I love your header.

My Critter please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Vita Stunder said...

More then outstanding pictures!!

Pat said...

Your wonderful photos go perfectly with that lovely poem. Can you imagine such a magical experience?

edenhills said...

That is a wonderful poem, and your photos are the perfect illustrations. I love when I am blessed with the presence of deer in my pasture.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Love deer photos - nice captures.

Mystica said...


ladyfi said...

Beautiful words to go with these delightful shots!

Misty Dawn said...

I absolutely love everything about this post! One of the best posts I've seen in a while!

Janie said...

Lovely poem and photos, Denise. It's true, there are some moments when we feel so close to nature and wish they could be repeated.

Pia said...

I love to read this poem and looka at your wonderful photos! Very nice!

Marie said...

Incredible poem, and amazing photos. When we lived in Texas on a 200 acre ranch and all we could see were the fields around the house in any direction, I read a book called My Prairie, I think. It was a sweet little book that celebrated the flora and fauna of the writer's environs, and for all the financial difficulties and health issues we were going through then, I felt blessed to be living surrounded by such beauty. We saw painted buntings, scissor-tail flycatchers, and dozens of other birds regularly; lots of deer; coyotes; a fox once and an owl once; wonderful wildflowers....and at night when I lay in the dark I would be serenaded by the coyotes as I went to sleep. This post reminds me so much of that!