Sunday, February 26, 2012

Birthright


The first tiny leaves are appearing on my rose bushes, and once again, probably irrationally, I'm hoping for a mass of luscious blossoms. 




Almost three years ago, after a series of mishaps, including an ice storm one year, and a late spring hard frost the next, my roses were struggling to make a comeback.

I looked out of my studio window one afternoon to see a new threat to my hopes for beauty and fragrance.  Two fawns had wandered near the house, and one of them decided to help himself to the rose bush.  He was much too winsome to chase away, and only when their mother called from the edge of the woods, did the two of them leave the rose bush for something far more nutritious.




Those cute little fawns grew up and had offspring who thought the roses were their birthright, and last year, the grandchildren were helping themselves, too.

As vegetation changes from year, so do the patterns of the wildlife.  The deer haven't been in evidence as much this year, and they seem more skittish when they are around, so maybe, just maybe, we'll have roses.  

Hope springs eternal.





26 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Gorgeous photos Connie. You had beauty and grace in your garden instead of beauty and fragrance. May this year you'll have a double dose of fragrance.

Nadege, said...

Gorgeous photos indeed...love the first one.

hannah said...

You have Bambis.
Lucky you!
I reckon I'd let them have their rose-graze too, just because they are so pretty.

Now, muntjac on the other hand, don't satisfy my eye to that extent, so they get the push :-).

What a lovely glimpse of your woodland.

Zinnia said...

Those fawns and their mother are so beautiful.Lovely shots of these sweet animals.
I can feel your mixed feelings concerning your rose bushes though. Are you able to put up some chicken wire protection on posts to protect your roses?

Torunn said...

So beautiful! Too bad with your rose bush, but you got some great pictures instead. Have a great Monday.

Lui said...

Oh but you got a good shot of them! And don't worry, your roses will bloom in time for you!

Annika said...

I am sorry that your roses do get themselves into such precarious situations, but having fawns in the backyard is pretty special! :o)

Ellie said...

What an amazing thing to see in your garden - your first shot is wonderful. Sorry about your rose plant though.

Ruth said...

They are amazing, to see them up close like that, although I understand about mixed feelings when we've put time into our gardens! It sounds like you may have better luck with your roses this year :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Ahhh, so very sweet and ahhh so very destructive. Those are amazingly clear and wonderful images that you took!
About 10 years ago, I purchased 2 Norway Spruce trees, $85.00 each. Within the first 5 years, they were both growing beautifully and then one mid winter's day, I noticed that an entire side of one was missing...the deer had a good meal. That little tree ended up being taken entirely by the deer. I still had one that had survived the winds following Hurricane Ike and it is really thriving, until...yes, this winter, which has been so mild, and yet, the deer had taken to eating from my second one. I placed little mesh bags of Irish Spring soap on a few of the limbs and placed a make shift corral around it, in hopes of protecting it from any further damage. Got to love them and yet...they sure can be naughty for us~

Jeanne said...

Two gorgeous captures on these lovely little fawns, and really hope that they dont eat your roses. Maybe hang a pie tin on a stick nearby?? Know they can definitely ruin your plants.

lisa said...

Oh my goodness Connie, they are just adorable!! They look like they are VERY young also. How fortunate you were to be able to photograph them. Just beautiful!!

Thank you so very much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!

lisa.

pens and needles said...

When some creature wreaks havoc around here, I always say, "They're just doing what deer (possums, raccoons,squirrels, woodpeckers, skunks)do....trying to convince myself that nature knows best. It's hard to sacrifice a garden or roses, though...seems like they could munch on the multiflora or the wild roses instead of your cultivated ones. Wonderful pictures, though...and your words are beautiful, too.

Pat said...

You may have lost some roses, but your gain is one of the sweetest photos I've ever seen. Good luck with this year's roses!

Anki said...

Beautiful pictures you show to day.

hannah said...

I know you did :-)
Saw it early this morning already. Loved the two little rascals.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Connie the Deer and Fawn images are just wonderful. Such a beautiful shot of the twins having lunch.

Anna said...

Hi Connie,
Good luck with those roses! Maybe this will be the year for a good crop :)
That first capture is a real gem! Gorgeous creature. We've seen lots of twin fawn sets the last couple years. I've heard that it's because of easier winters. I love seeing deer....but they can be a real hazard to my flower garden!

Laura said...

oh these fawns are beautiful...I hope your roses will be too!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Great post and love the photos! The deer don't mess with mine...yet.

Lisa said...

How sweet is this? We have deer in our neighborhood too. They looove my daylilies!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

Linda Makiej said...

sweet shots!

Barb said...

Wonderful!

Robynne Cornell said...

I absolutely LOVE Nate's rosebush in our yard! His Grandma got it for his 13th BD because he always wanted roses for his BD! Hope you get yours, Con! BTW.. Nate will be 30 next month!!

Kia and Zeno said...

They are just adorable! :) Thanks for sharing.