Saturday, June 15, 2013

Home Alone


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It was hot out yesterday, with the air still and humid.  Not far from the house, at the base of an old oak tree, a sleeping fawn was curled into a tight ball. Don had discovered it before light, and where it lay, we could see it from the garage window.  It was a tiny one, the first we'd seen this year.





I watched the little creature as the sun rose in the sky 
and the shadows moved across the grass.
Its white spots moved up and down with the rhythm of its breathing.





Mid morning, it woke and sniffed its surroundings
before laying back down.





Barley is one of the gentlest souls around, 
and he was was curious enough to take a sniff...





but as soon as the little one raised its head, Barley backed away.  





The fawn woke again in the afternoon, stretched its legs,
then folded them up like an card table and returned to its nap.





We've often heard that it's not wise to intervene on behalf of a lone fawn, as the mothers normally leave them in a safe place and go about their business, but now its easier to see why people do that.  As far as we could tell, this little fawn was left alone just about ten hours, and we were wondering how it could stay hydrated on such a hot day.  Apparently their moisture requirements are much different than ours.





Finally, late in the afternoon, the mama doe came back.  
The thirsty little fawn drank its fill, then followed its mama into the woods. 
We love happy endings.




In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:10






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37 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

such a precious post. that is too sweet! ( :

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is the sweetest thing ever! That is such a cute little baby. You got some amazing shots!

swfraser said...

My contacts needed a little extra moisture this morning. A wonderful set of images and wow, what a story! So glad it ended well.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Oh Wow! What a gift for you to photography the day of the little fawn and I was so relieved to see Mom and babe reunited ~ Magnificent photography ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

TexWisGirl said...

wow! 10 hrs is a LONG time for such a tiny thing! glad all worked out - and i love your sweet barley!

pens and needles said...

Oh, Connie, I am always in AWE of the things you share, but this must be the best one yet! Getting to see that tiny baby for so long, and seeing how Barley was so careful -- just beautiful! Makes me have tears! Thank you, once again, for letting us look out your window with you. What a blessing!

bailey-road.com said...

What an adorable little creature. He looks practically brand new. This is an awesome series of photos, Connie and Barley is a beautiful, gentle soul.

Antonette Stiebritz said...

Oh wow! Wow! I can't believe the shots you got! Fabulous! And Barley is just so sweet. Thank you for sharing and making my day!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I am left speechless!!! Superlative.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Good dog! Thanks for bringing us along.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Adorable little thing! Excellent shots!

Terri said...

Mama must have gotten detained, cause that is a long, long time to leave a baby. But how precious he is!

ladyfi said...

Oh wow wow WOW! These are magical shots and say so much about nature and about your sweet dog.

S Keller said...

Did you get anything done this day? I would have dropped everything to watch this beautiful story progress through the day. :)
Thank you so much for sharing!

Deanna said...

Oh I am so glad this story had a happy ending...that is a bit long for a mama to leave it's quite young baby. Did you just stay glued until you finally spotted Mama?? I know I would.

Connie Smiley said...

You called it, Deanna and Sharon. I spent much of the day watching and photographing. And to think I planned to clean house that day...

twobarkingdogs said...

Thanks for sharing.

Robyn G said...

What a fun way to spend the day. Yay for you, Connie. Thanks for sharing your deer story with us.

Robyn
http://theranchwifechronicles.com/

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

This was beautiful!

1 of the Creekside Team said...

These shots have to be some of the most profound photos I've ever seen on a blog ... what a precious story they tell. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Linda

Kerri said...

Oh what a sweet post!

Betty Luckhurst said...

You do have to wonder when you see a lone baby like that, but I guess Mom does know best! Such a cute little thing.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful, just beautiful and you all so did the right thing by leaving the fawn alone. If all is well with the does, they always return to their young~

Sandra said...

I love happy endings too! What wonderful captures!

eileeninmd said...

Adorable fawn and I am so glad there was a happy ending. Cute photos!

Jennifer Richardson said...

thanks for the long and grateful smile I just enjoyed:)
sweet endings; so dear to my heart.
thanks for encouraging me with beauty today,
Jennifer

Navjot Bajwa said...

Just Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us :o)

Mil said...

These pictures and the story, especially when Barley went over to sniff and the fawn didn't get up and run, and when Mom finally came back was precious. It seems unlikely a Mom would do that but there it is. I would have been agonizing about the little thing all 10 hours! Amazing! Thanks Connie!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Gosh...he is so small! I wouldn't have thought so, until you show him/her with Barley. Too adorable!

Madge Bloom said...

Yes, such a happy ending! I love the Scripture you gave to illustrate as well... Thanks Connie, for sharing on WTS...

Raym said...

Connie,

Awesome Beauty! The Creator, the Fawn and Doe and your camera. Quite the combo. Thank you for sharing the blessing.

Ray

Susanne S said...

Oh wow, what a beauty!! How lovely you could catch it on camera.

Pam =) said...

Too precious for words ~:)

Laura Lane said...

Your photos are incredible! That little fawn is adorable. I'm so glad momma came back.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Laura

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, how beautiful this is, Connie.
Such a gift that you were able to capture it.

Misty DawnS said...

How absolutely beautiful! You have some truly amazing experiences!

Pam =) said...

This is quite a touching post Connie. I love how you captured the moments and actions of the fawn with Mama and dog.