I had a bit of a surprise yesterday when I was out hiking! I had started to become bored with my usual routine so I went back to a place I haven't been to for most of the summer. This nature park is the biggest around, but I've been avoiding it because it also contains the most people. Now I'm glad I went!
I didn't expect to get many pictures because of the amount of humans that usually travel these trails. The animals never seem to come out here. I just wanted to get a good walk so I could clear my mind and refresh my spirit. It just seems like I still am having trouble getting a few things back on track. This hike seemed to help.
After seeing very many good things, and getting some very good pictures, I was in the middle of the park, walking to one of my favorite places. That's when I got the surprise. I happened to look to my left, and standing there right by the side of the trail, only a few feet away, was this little deer! I could have reached out and touched it!
I think I caught it off guard just as much as I was. It didn't really know what to do once it saw me, so it just stayed right where it was. It was a very small deer, so I'm sure it wasn't full grown, but it's not a baby. It was probably only about half the size of a full grown deer. It was a little afraid of me, but I think there was food there that it didn't want to leave.
I think that once the deer decided that I wasn't going to try to hurt it, it became kind of curious. It started moving its head around trying to get a good look at me, and wondering what I was doing with the little box that I held up to my face. I was busy taking pictures the whole time. I was even able to step right up to the little deer.
I consider these pictures some of the best I have ever gotten of a deer. Even though it is standing in the middle of these tall weeds, you can see the deer very well. If you click the pictures, you can see a lot of detail on the deer. I can make out the deer's eyebrows in the original uncompressed photos. You can almost do that with them now.
There was something amusing that happened while I was taking my pictures of my new friend. There were bees all over the weeds you see there in front of the deer. After a few minutes, the bees began to take an interest in me. Several of them started coming after me. I didn't want to accidentally get stung, so I was hopping around trying to get them away from me.
The deer stood there watching me the whole time this was happening. Even my jumping around like a maniac didn't frighten this little deer enough to send it running back into the forest. I was extremely grateful for that. After I got rid of the curious bees I went back to getting my pictures. I needed to present this little deer to the world.
As I wrap this post up, you might notice that I said the deer didn't leave. I don't really want to bring up the ugly word Cliffhanger, but this is not the last you'll see of this little deer. This is the end of this story, but I have something involving this deer to show you tomorrow that will simply delight you!