Deer in Lago Vista

So I know in my last post I was all, “Boo hoo! Busy! No posts!” But then my grandma came to town to visit her friends Dale and Mary – who she’s known for nigh on 40 years! – and they all invited me out for dinner Sunday night.   Dale feeds deer from her back porch every night  – some of them will even eat out of her hand!  The lighting was gorgeous and I just had to get my camera out.

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The baby!  It got startled by something and ran away!

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Look at this gorgeous light!  And the deer, nibbling up the corn.

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This fawn stood a safe distance away, waiting for Mom to finish.

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The one male deer, with his cute fuzzy antlers! Also, look at baby’s BIG EARS SQUEE!!!!

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More bat-eared baby shots.  Oddly enough, I hated “Bambi” growing up.  Maybe I should rewatch it?

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This is why the baby stays cautious – the does fight over the corn, even though there’s plenty for everyone.  They even try to bite each other!

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Baby got really brave and snuck up to an adult to see what all the fuss was about.

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They came over to the side of the house eventually.  The neighborhood is a nice mix of urban and rural; spacious without isolating.

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A nervous look at the camera – I guess even graceful deer get camera-shy!

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An adventurous doe kept wandering closer and closer, though she didn’t quite muster up the courage to eat from Dale’s hand.

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Speaking of, here’s Dale’s hand! I took a picture of her face but she looked very dour in it. In reality, she’s one of the most vivacious and friendly people I’ve ever met, so I decided not to use it.  Her wife made the most wonderful supper, so I was fed at least as well as the deer were.  I hate cooking so I am always grateful for a yummy home cooked meal.

In retrospect, I should have gotten a group photo of everybody but alas.  I got distracted when a gnat flew into my viewfinder and died.  At least the body isn’t showing up in the pictures!

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