Fawn, Bend, Oregon, USA, by Sue Dougherty

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Spring and early summer always bring opportunities to my backyard which borders the edge of a forest. In the spring and summer of the pandemic I looked forward to these special moments more than usual, as most of us wildlife photographers were having itchy shutter fingers by then! For the past several years Black-tailed Deer does bring their spotty fawns out of the trees above my home to the edges of the yard. I so look forward to this! I kept watch in the early morning as I had seen them out in the tall grass with the mother doe. This day I was so pleased that the fawns came in closer than usual. It was very early in July when this lovely fawn appeared and grazed on the edges of the property in an area that has a few wildflower "volunteers" . She stood contentedly and endearingly lifted her hoof to scratch an itch I suppose. The Shasta daisy that has emerged in just that spot makes a sweet embellishment. She lingered there for 10 minutes or so until she alertly noticed me and shyly moved off to a more covered spot. I get to see fawns grow to adulthood every year as the family groups move through the edge of my property to the place that they bed down for the night just up the hill. Lucky me!

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