I am going to do something a little different today. This post is going to be a little bit on the negative side. There is some fun too, but I was more than a little angry when I took these pictures. This anger may be justified and maybe it's not. I'll explain what happened.
I was coming home from a happy trip to one of my nature parks, and I found five animals together waiting for me. If you look in the pictures you'll see an adult deer and her three fawns. There was a fifth animal, a chubby little woodchuck, happily grazing along with the deer, but it left before I got the pictures.
Normally the fact that the woodchuck ran away would be no big deal, even though I would be disappointed about it. But the woodchuck ran away for a reason, and that reason wasn't the fact that I showed up. It was driven away on purpose by somebody else.
As soon as I got out of my truck, with my camera in hand, I heard a loud bang from somewhere off to my left. It wasn't a gunshot or anything like that. It was just one of my jerk neighbors trying to frighten these animals away when they saw me with my camera. I looked but I never saw who did it. I'm sure it was on purpose.
I don't even know these people but I know how they behave. Not everybody here is like that, but several are. They're the same reason I don't keep anything outside the house. I hope I'm mistaken about this or just overreacting, but sometimes you just get a feeling when something is on purpose. And I'm writing this post to get rid of my anger.
...There. All gone.
Luckily the deer weren't frightened at all by the noise. The interesting thing is that I suspect these are the same deer I saw a few weeks ago early one morning at a nearby nature park. If they are the same, they've traveled farther than I thought they would, but it wouldn't be surprising. I hope this deer family gets where they're going safely. And I hope I get to see them again one day.
How's that for an adventure? Angry Ratty. Grrrrr!