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Three's A Crowd

Three curious deer at Tom Sawyer Park crane their necks to figure out who this person with the camera is.

Thanksgiving Birds

From my Thanksgiving-day walk. I think the male Cardinal looks a little crazy... The Downy Woodpecker wouldn't give me a good shot and the Turkey Vulture was circling over my car!

I Come From The Future...

Never can get a satisfactory shot of one of these guys. Probably my favorite bird, the Cedar Waxwing. I still think they look like they come from the future! I just wish they would come around more and maybe land a little lower on the tree for once..


Ghost Deer!

It was a dark & dreary day at Tom Sawyer Park. At times it was so dark I didn't think I had enough light for photos. I had not really seen anything all day that was particularly interesting, so I decided to walk out through a thick area of woods. Along the way I got bored, stopped walking, and started looking at my phone (which I NEVER do in the woods!). I don't think I was looking at it for more than 5 minutes when I heard that tell-tale blowing sound that deer make when they sense danger. I turned around and there she was, but only for a second. I wasn't in a hurry, so I just kneeled on the ground and waited. Eventually she walked back with another deer, but never as close as the first time when she snuck up on me. I had to stay low so I "walked" about 50 feet on my knees while peering above the random foliage. Each time I could see her cautiously looking my way, I would bring the camera up and then not find her in the viewfinder. Put the camera down and there she'd be. Camera up, she's gone, down, she reappears. "How can this be?" I wondered. Eventually her timing was off enough that I did get two shots. I was beginning to think that this was some sort of disappearing, Ghost Deer.

Strike The Pose

I got to watch a parade of deer walk past my hiding spot today.

Chubby Little Cardinal Girl

The temperature was 15 degrees when I saw this chubby little female cardinal. She was in full warm-up mode.

Deer Doing Yoga

This past Saturday, I stumbled upon a deer doing Yoga in a cemetery.

The Third Eye

This gal was hanging out with the buck, elsewhere on this page. I'm not sure what she has going on between her eyes, but she looks like she has a sort of third eye growing there.

Hide-N-Seek

This is the same buck seen elsewhere on this page. Before I got those other shots in the clear, I played hide-n-seek with him throughout the woods.

The Stuff Of Dreams...

Have you ever had a dream where you are standing in a field that is totally empty except for you and some regal animal? Yeah, me either but if I did, I think it would look a lot like this real-life encounter.

Ready For My Close-Up!

Squirrels are usually reluctant models. This one, however, had a card that read, "I'm Ready for my close-up!"

Mr. Antlers

I have been taking photos of the deer in Tom Sawyer State Park for years, yet I have never seen, let alone photographed, a Buck with a set of antlers. I have heard them snort before but never actually saw one. Earlier in the day today I played hide-n-seek with this one and got several photos with various branches and sticks in the way but I was happy with them because you could clearly see that it was a buck. Then, as I was leaving, he came right out in the open and seemed to actually want to be photographed. I started out about 100 yards away and slowly made my way toward him, stopping every several yards to get closer and closer photos. Then he just walked away.

Just look at the neck on this guy!