Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ozark Velvet




 A group of deer frequent our surroundings,

 and we sometimes think of them as our herd, 

but they watch us too, and probably think of us as their people.





We never tire of seeing the little ones,

 those inquisitive fawns...





 as they get acquainted with their neighbors...





and trot off obediently behind their mothers.





The big bucks, we see them rarely.

With new velvet, their antlers are tender,

and they are, for the most part, nocturnal.

A group of them came through our field a few days ago,

before full light.





They didn't stay long, 

and they seemed aware of the stir they were causing among the does and fawns.





This young fork horn buck still eats with his sister.





He watched the parade of large bucks,

and he dreams of the day he can run with the big boys.




44 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The deer look so elegant and delightful. The antlers make me want to touch them to know how they feel.

Sharon K said...

Thank you Connie, for letting peek into your world. Very peaceful to see these deer.

Cherie said...

Absolutely stunning. What a blessing to witness.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Just beautiful to watch. Great photos Connie.

Sandra said...

Beautiful deer shots, Connie. I love the brother and sister grazing together and the inquisitive fawn approaching a big bird which could be a wild turkey. Deer are such graceful animals and you have captured their beauty so well!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic photos! The fawn and turkey shot is great! That's a very nice group of bachelor bucks! Those are some big boys.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Relaxing place .. beautiful Deer pictures.. Cheers..
Ana

Amy Burzese said...

Wow. Four bucks at the same time. I've never seen that. The little spotted babies are so sweet.

Gillian Olson said...

These are wonderful pictures, rare site for city folk like me. Really like the fawn with the turkey, great shot.

Deborah said...

fabulous captures!

Linda Kittmer said...

Beautiful shots. Deer are such lovely, graceful creatures.

Antonio Puigg said...

Hola Connie excelentes imagenes de esta familia de cervidos.Un saludo

Image Artistry said...

What stunning pictures.

lorik said...

What beautiful creature. You are so lucky to have them nearby.

Jean Baardsen said...

I enjoyed these photos, including your improbable pairing. Then I went to your website and watched the slide show of your photography. I can't think of adequate words - awesome, stunning, beautiful! Wow! What a talent you've been given!

Pat said...

How wonderful to be able to observe this little herd on a regular basis. Your photos are so beautiful.

Sherri B. said...

So beautiful! I can't imagine getting the privilege of seeing these creatures on my property. Thank you for sharing!

momphotographer said...

such a lovely set. deers are so beautiful and you captured them perfectly!

Bonnie said...

Your shots are as graceful as the subjects and I love the one you selected as an improbably pairing. Thank you for sharing with Photo Art Friday!

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, they are just beautiful, and truly my very favorite animal. I love that you can see the velvet on their horns. How fortunate you were to be able to photograph them.

Wishing you a most wonderful weekend!

xo.

André Lemay said...

We have deers in are backyard too; and the youngs, no matter the species, are curious. Great pictures.

Barb said...

What beautiful animals! Your photography is outstanding - amazing!

Ida said...

Oh my gosh I love these. I so enjoy seeing deer in the wild and those shots of the Bucks are just fabulous. Loved the sweet little fawns and the one with the turkey, so precious.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love Deer and we have 2 does right now with 3 fawns total that walk through our yard a few times a day. Everyone has seen them, but me...yet my time is coming;')
Your images are wonderful and the way you write is delightful~

June said...

Oh, Connie! What great shots! Deer are so peaceful (most of the time!). Seeing them instantly calms me. I've been enjoying our herd and the new babies too! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

joanne said...

you are so very fortunate to see wild nature in your close environment! love these shots!

Misty DawnS said...

Wow! What an absolutely magnificent post! I LOVE that photo of the fawn and the turkey. Outstanding and absolutely gorgeous photos!

eJoops said...

Wow lots of bucks out there. we see one once in a while here but not much. Visiting from Camera critters.

Our CRITTERS, your comment will be greatly appreciated. Have a great Saturday!

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a gift you've been given!
it's storybook beautiful
and I thank you for sharing:)
-Jennifer

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Oh, yes such a gift to have these beautiful deer so nearby to you ~ i see one or two in my back yard and am always awed by them ~ Your photo shots are amazing ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

rainfield61 said...

And soon you will think you are the deer and they the human.

chubskulit said...

We love watching deer.

Hopping by from camera critters.

Some Cardinal shots, come and see.

Nancy Claeys said...

Beautiful captures of these magnificent visitors!

Liam said...

Very nice! :)

Linda said...

Such gorgeous photos! I am SO jealous! If we see deer here, it is such a gift - too citified for them!

Gary said...

Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kathy said...

If you're like me you feel so special when you're blessed with the opportunity to photograph these beautiful creatures!

Roan said...

I'm always trying to get an acceptable shot of deer. You have put my very best of my worst to shame. Magnificent!

S. Etole said...

They are always fascinating. These are especially good images.

Linda said...

Very nice photos...we have a lot of deer on our property but I have never seen that many Bucks in one place at one time.

Rowen said...

The second Picture is gorgeous!

Emily Spark said...

What a wonderful series of photos, deer are such beautiful and graceful animals.

Anonymous said...

I'm not an expert when it comes to this. Didn't even know this was possible. Useful read, appreciate your posting this.

Vero said...

I'm jealous. I keep wanting to photograph deer in the wild. I just haven't had a chance yet.