Last summer, while ambling along the trails on our common land which surrounds our home here on Salt Spring Island, I was excited to discover two different Black-tailed deer families. And it was wonderful to watch the little fawns gambolling along our strata’s dirt road now and then, stopping to graze in the woods with their Mama.
I managed to capture one of these sweet families all together in very low light, but I was hoping to be able to capture them in the dappled light of the late morning or early afternoon. So, one morning in late August (after photographing my Mom's hand-knitted "wildlife") I took my telephoto lens outside with me, hoping to be able to photograph our beautiful real-life deer.
I tried to make as little noise as possible as I snuck out the door, stopping to listen carefully for the particular rustling deer make when they’re moving through/foraging in the underbrush in the forest (sometimes I’ve mistaken our Towhee’s vigorous scratching on the ground for deer movements). After a few minutes, I could hear a deer family near the bottom of our driveway. So, I tried to “tiptoe” over the dry arbutus leaves strewn over the dirt to get to the bottom of our driveway where it joins the strata’s road, hoping to capture the family as they emerged from the woods. I got lucky! After the Mama leaped out, her three little ones followed behind her and this curious fawn stopped to peer right at me before she dove into the forest again. Thank you, lovely one!
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Clare Disano • Editor