When we were defining the floor plan for our new home, the placement of the rooms reflected our desire to live close to nature. Only two rooms were placed in the south facing section. Our master bedroom and the living room fill that space. Each has a large three section window and a generous closet nearby. The stairway to the basement completes the use of that half of our home. At this time of year sunlight from the low in the sky sun and the heat that comes with it makes both rooms bright and warm. Becky was sitting soaking up the sunlight when she saw our deer.
As is her custom, Becky always takes her coffee while looking out on our gardens and lawn. On this first day of crossbow deer season, this impressive buck and his three lady friends were feeding on our plants.
Most of our deer visitors are ladies and their offspring. They treat our gardens and lawn as their own are are slow to leave when they are feeding on plants that are special to us. My wildly waving arms and strongest keep the students in line voice are slow to impact the herd's behavior. Just yesterday a doe was munching on violets in the shade garden and would not move until I was uncomfortably close to her. It was unclear just who was going to win that round. Finally she moved a short distance toward the wild ground. My continued shouts and waving arms eventually convinced the group that it was time to move on.
I do not hunt but knew that this beautiful male would move away when he first saw me. Using the basement door, I was able to get close enough for two pictures. Surprised that his initial movement was short, a second picture was snapped. Now he and his three ladies have left the area. Buck sightings are rare while their rub marks on our small trees are common. This cold day is off to a great start.