THIS MORNING a doe and her fawn paid me a call. Happily they lingered near the music room windows, where I was able to photograph them through the glass. Because deer have always been respectful of the grounds here, I honestly welcome, rather than dread, their visits. Here are more pictures of the pair, followed by a brief explanation of why, I think, these woodland creatures do not trouble this place:
Earlier, when I said that deer and other woodland creatures here are “respectful” of my garden, I was not exaggerating. You see, in 8 years they have not harmed any of my plants. Why this should be, I haven’t a clue. Perhaps it is because they find what they need on the “wild” part of the property. Or perhaps it because I set up fencing around the edible crops. Still, there are myriad unprotected “treats” here, — hostas, roses, and arborvitaes come to mind — which they have not bothered.
But maybe this “hands-off” attitude arises from a deeper, more spiritual connection. After all, I share many common interests with deer. We both value our privacy, our freedom. Also, deer are not hunters, and neither am I. I could never hold a rifle to one, especially for sport. And I think they “get” that.
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