Sunday, June 15, 2014

What We Look For

At Christmas last year, our local gas station gave out calendars with beautiful photos. Each page has a quote, and this month's intrigued me:

 "What we see depends mainly on what we look for."

The does birth their fawns this time of year, and we're always on the lookout for them.

On Friday evening, just as night fell, with a full moon rising, Don came into my studio.
"Con, do you have a pair of binoculars that you can see out of pretty well?", he asked.
"Yeah, that green pair in the kitchen."
"Can you bring it and come to the bedroom?"

If I've learned anything about Don over the years, it's that when asks me something like this in his calmest voice, it's worth paying attention to. He also has very sharp vision, and half of the interesting things I see around here are ones he's spotted first. I didn't waste any time, but grabbed the binoculars and joined him at the bedroom window.

He pointed to an object not far away, between the shop and the bedroom. "Does that look to you like a fawn?" I squinted through the binoculars. It did indeed. It was tiny and brown, with white markings, and it was laying perfectly still. We thought we could even make out a tiny ear.

This would be the second time a doe had dropped her fawn near the house. Last year around this time, we had found a newborn fawn tucked in a tight ball laying on the ground not far from the deck. With the prevalence of coyotes in this area, it seems to us to be a pretty good idea, and we speculate, wishfully, I suppose, that the deer actually sense that their fawns are safer near us.

I went to bed this time dreaming about the fawn, hoping it would still be around in the morning, and visualizing the pictures I would take.

In the morning, it was still there. Don was leaving early to meet a friend, and had to get the pickup out of the shop. I stationed myself at the bedroom window to see if the little thing would be disrupted. When Don drove out, it didn't move.

It was getting lighter, and I held the binoculars up again. A minute later, I was out the door, shaking my head and laughing at the brown and white, fawn shaped rock that lay between the house and the shop.

Sometimes what we look for has a great deal to do with what we see.

Linking with Saturday's Critters


Sandra said...

Well, Connie. You certainly got a good shot of this real sweet little fawn all curled up!
That little quotation about seeing what we look for is perfect for your story and the trick your eyes played on you! I can imagine your laughter!

S. Etole said...

Smiling at your story and the wonderful photo of the little fawn.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very sweet shot!! So lovely to see this young deer. Good shot!!

Best regards,

Kamana said...

what a lovely capture!

Felicia said...

Oh I thought it really was a fawn.

Sometimes I think we see it in our mind that way so that's what our eyes see too.

apparently you have found a fawn at some time or other. wonderful images.

I have never had the privilege to see a baby fawn hidden like this.

Thanks Connie.

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh, Connie, this little one is so very precious. How fortunate you were to be able to photograph it, and kudos to Don for seeing it!

*Manja* said... hübsch!
Lieben Gruß,*Manja*

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of this precious little animal.

Brian King said...

What great shots! I've never been that close to a fawn.

Don Smiley said...

What can I say? I had a spot of rum before dinner, it was the night of the full moon, it was Friday the 13th, and it was the Ides of June. It's lucky I didn't see a Tyrannosaurus Rex swooping down on the "fawn".

Eyes of the Hawk : )

Misty DawnS said...

LOVE this post. What a wonderful experience.

eileeninmd said...

A precious baby fawn, so cute.. what a pretty sight to see. I love the quote too.

Thank you for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

How amazing! It's a beautiful little fawn.

carol l mckenna said...

Precious photo of the little fawn ~ Great shots ~ thanks, Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Jeanne said...

What a sweet shot this is of this little baby. Sorry about the
rock fawn" What a surprise that was. Have had similar experiences around my cabin

Small City Scenes said...

We don't always get what we think we see. Great story though. MB

TexWisGirl said...

just awesome! glad the doe feels her little one is safe with you!

Karen said...

How sweet, and your photos are terrific!

Shey Wicklund said...

What a nice quote and I agree with it. You've got a nice shot of this adorable fawn.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Goodness what a gift you were given! How precious is that:)
Thanks for sharing her bright spots with us:)