I’ve been hitting the elliptical machine every morning, but I can only stand about 25 minutes staring at the same patch of wall. Music and downloaded Futurama re-runs don’t help much. Tonight, I was also a little “blah” about scouting the same spots in the park. The two issues came together nicely when I decided to hike some trails tonight in search of new deer spots.
On the drive through the park toward the trail, I saw something near the tree line peeking out at me:
I couldn’t figure out why it looked so small even though it wasn’t that far away. Then I realized I had a fawn on my hands!
Eventually I got too close, and scared it into the trees. It was still curious enough to spy on me, though.
I was after bigger game though! I hit the trail, and hiked quite a way without seeing anything. Finally I crested a hill, and…nothing. At first. Do you see anything? I’ve shrunk this picture to cancel out the zoom effect of the camera:
Believe it or not, there are TWO bucks in this shot! I caught a small glint off one of their backs from the setting sun. Here’s a closer shot:
Practicing my skills as the world’s chubbiest ninja, I began my usual routine of taking a picture, moving forward a few yards, and repeating. They moved around a little, but eventually I got some good shots.
These photos aren’t the highest quality, because it was getting close to 9pm and my camera gets fuzzier the darker it gets. But I was able to close the distance to about 75-100 yards, thankfully. I had to get proof of my great find! I saw a total of three bucks in this field, and a doe as well.
On my hike back, I ran into another group of one doe and three bucks! And these had much bigger antlers, but it was too dark to get proof. I guess they’re the ones that got away.