A Normal Spotted Fawn

When I looked out a back window of our home early this morning I spotted something small moving in our overly deep yard grass. Looking closer I saw it was a very small, alert fawn, huddled down low. I quickly got my camera with 200mm lens and made the following photos.

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The deer definitely saw me but didn’t move. At first I wondered if it was sick or wounded. Or if it had been abandoned by its mother. It was interesting watching it “watching” not only me, but also squirrels and birds nearby. After I made the last image below I decided to walk a bit closer to see if there was anything wrong. As I approached, the Fawn jumped up and ran into the woods next to the house next door.

I found out later this sort of thing is very normal. For those less than three weeks old, a doe will often place its fawn somewhere “safe” knowing it can’t keep up with the older deer. I just found it before the mother had a chance to come back. I also read that attempting to “rescue it” is illegal in some areas. Any doubt, call animal control.

I’m glad there wasn’t anything visibly wrong with the fawn, and if all goes well, soon it will be munching on vegetation just like all the rest that live in our neighborhood. Too many actually, but photos like these make me more sympathetic to that situation. How can you not love that face!

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Daylilies Down Low

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I was excited after I looked at these photos I made, using the articulating LCD on my Panasonic GX7 camera with 25mm lens attached. I was able to place the camera at a low angle to get the flowers and the nice sky in the background. Other images were equally nice I thought. Without the articulating LCD I’d have been laying in the wet grass and mud nearby. Impossible to do, because I’d never have been able to get back up, old legs and all.

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Roses are Red

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Well …maybe too red. But that’s what attracted my eye during a short walk in our neighborhood. I used my Panasonic GX7 with 200mm lens to get the composition I wanted, with blurred background. Developed with Lightroom Classic on my MacBook Pro. I picked the next one as “Best in a Two-Photo Show.”

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Iris Colors

Of all the flowers blooming in Spring, I think the most colorful are Iris. They open their blooms in various colors in our yard, and the only downside to that is they don’t stay around long. My camera was ready this year, and I felt getting close was a good way to show their beauty.

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Rhododendron Time

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We have a large Rhododendron bush in our yard, and it always blooms later than other flowering trees and bushes here. Now it’s time. It had rained during the night so when I walked by on the way to get the morning newspaper I saw my opportunity. Close up compositions with water droplets clearly visible was the way to go. I used my iPhone 7 Plus, with my favorite Photo App … Camera +. The Macro capability of that App is superb. As are all of its other features.

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Our First 2018 Hummingbird

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It took only a matter of hours after I put the feeder on its usual hook to have this little guy show up. The next day I sat nearby waiting with my camera, and almost gave up before he finally returned. I’d hoped to get some high-speed, in flight shots, but alas, not to be. Still early in the year however. More will show up as they always do. Patient required.