I seldom go out this early in the morning but the light looked so soft and inviting and the quiet of an early Sunday morning drew me out the door at 6:30 a.m. Walking only a short distance away I stopped to look at the river and I was surprised to see such a variety of colours in the landscape there which a harsher light later in the day perhaps would not reveal. Walking on I glanced up and realized I was not alone. The silence of the morning continued as I froze into position as did the two White-tailed Deer in front of me. I totally enjoy moments like this and I knew that if I didn't move they probably wouldn't either. Sensing that a sort of trust had been somewhat established they moved slightly and I then saw one more deer emerge from the hillside there.Then there were two more.
In all there were five and then turning to look toward a stand of old Pine trees in the other direction I saw three more, making the total count of White-tailed Deer being eight.
Returning home and contemplating my early morning encounters over a cup of tea, I marvelled at the beauty and surprises that nature holds for us every day. Just go out and find it; and if you want to share it with others after you have returned home, take your camera along with you.