Saturday, March 16, 2013


At my desk this morning, a movement to the right attracted my attention.  On the window ledge, a chipmunk peered at me from the other side of the window, and seemed startled to see me.  They have been underground most of the winter, but they couldn't resist coming out on such a fine day as this.

Later, from the entrance to the chipmunk's den, a toad peeked out from under sleepy eyelids. Life is full of surprises.

About ten deer frequent our place (with additional visitors on occasion).  We watch them from our windows, and we almost feel like they're part of our extended family.

This buck has recently shed his antlers, and in so doing, left a little of his majesty laying on the forest floor.

This morning he scratches, beset by an unseen foe.

One of the yearling bucks, seen here with his mother, showed up with a damaged leg early last week.  He wouldn't put any weight on it at all, and we hoped it wasn't broken.  He stayed close to his mother, who fought off the other deer that tried to crowd in while he was eating.  As of yesterday, it looks like he's improving.

It's always hard to see an animal suffer, and as beautiful as it is here, there are frequent such reminders that this isn't paradise yet.  We watch for the day when the Lord Jesus will make everything new, where

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.
Revelation 21:4

His invitation is extended to everyone:

To him who is thirsty,
I will give to drink from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:6

In the meantime, we watch, and we're not the only ones.  Eagles leave here this time of year, and the other day, as we were eating lunch, a mature bald eagle soared in our direction on strong, swift wings, and sailed directly over the house, as if to say, "I've been watching you. I'll be back."

Linking with Rurality Blog Hop


pens and needles said...

That sleepy-eyed toad looks to be quite the character. Wonder if Li'l Chipmunk knew his winter denmate...

Nancy Claeys said...

You have many friends in your neck of the woods Connie. I hope the little deer mends and thrives. xo

She Who Carries Camera said...

those first two characters and they're expressions...priceless! so good to know the little deer is improving. i, too, don't like to see any animal suffer.

Pat said...

Beautiful animals. The picture of the chipmunk is amazing.

Cindy said...

WOW!!!! So beautiful. Love love love that little Chipmunk.

S. Etole said...

The deer are staying in the woods here due to the abundant snow we still have. It's refreshing to visit here and see signs of spring.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Gorgeous characters! Love the startled expression on the chipmunk's face! And the deer is so lovely!

Thoughts for the day said...

wow what awesome pictures, that sounds amazing. Love them all.

Horst in Edmonton said...

The Deer are so beautiful, and that Chipmunk is so cute. Have a great Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Wow - such beautiful signs of spring. Your shots are fabulous.

eileeninmd said...

Connie, wonderful collection of critters. Love the cute toad.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi!!!. beautiful pictures os this lovely animals.. Cheers!!!.. A hug..

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
Wonderful shots you've made.
The squirrel is so cute. Great to see how you photographed him so well.

Many greetings,

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, each of these is just beautiful, and even though deer are my favorite animals, there is something about the photograph of that little toad that just has my heart. Look at that expression on his face!!! So sweet!

Happy Sunday to you, my friend!

Lui said...

I share the same prayer too ;-)

Deanna said...

I always feel so peaceful when I visit your site. Your photography is filled with your love of nature!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful series!

Jennifer Richardson said...

it's such pain to see that kind
of suffering in the wild
where no vet can step in
and mend and comfort.
i wonder if there is a special grace
for creatures who suffer...a comfort
that we can't see or feel.
my husband, a wildlife biologist, assures me there is.
still i find it hard.
And yet there is beauty and
thanks for sharing all of it stirring
in your neck of the woods:)

Bluebell Woods said...

loved your pictures. I sure hope the young deer does well and heals up. I hate to see animals in distress when you can't help. I would want my vet to come out haha.........Janice

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Connie the images are delightful, especially that Toad, OH MY it is far too early for it to awaken;') The young buck that seemed injured, I certainly hope it heals. We had a doe around here that had a wounded leg, but later found it had passed away after going down an embankment to the creek for water and it could not get out of it's position...very sad~

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I stopped by from the Rurality Blog Hop. I love your photo of the toad peeking out. Seeing eagles flying by would absolutely make my day!

Gracie O'Tripp said...

Beautiful photos