Interlude: Walk with a Deer
White-tailed Deer (Doe)
There is a magical place on the coast of Rhode Island called the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Some of the trails are rather difficult with steep inclines of sheer rock. Sometimes one has to take the difficult path to encounter real magic.
I was walking up an incline watching the autumn leaves fall onto the trail when I heard something to my left. I looked into the woods and there was a White-tailed deer. A doe. I stopped and she didn't. She walked right out onto the edge of the trail and looked at me. She seemed to take the measure of me and my camera and decided that we were okay company and commenced ripping leaves off bushes and chewing on them. As she walked down the trail I followed her, always keeping about ten to fifteen feet between us. Occasionally, she'd show concern but then she always walked on or stopped to snatch leaves. Eventually, we just kind of hung out together. Her watching me watching her eat leaves. This went on for about 45 minutes.
My first look at the doe who decided to take a walk with me.
Checking to make sure I'm still there.
I kneeled down and that put her on guard.
Once I stood up again she was fine.
Watching me and going in for more leaves.
This morning I also, after I escaped being stuck in the middle of a triathlon (I have weird karma that way) visited Third Beach and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Third Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island
Great Blue Heron. Third Beach.
Great Blue Heron
Herring Gull in its second cycle plumage (adult coloring coming in). Laughing gull and another Herring gull in the background.
Least sandpipers and ring-necked plover
I love how the rain drops magnify the structure of the feathers.