Around our five acres the wildlife at times seems overabundant. The deer which have been content to stay in the woods and forage on the mast of a good winter have begun showing up for greener pastures - mainly mine and my neighbors lawns. Yes, she's looking at me but rarely pays me any mind.
This young button buck takes great pleasure in nibbling on the young sprouts of my Rose of Sharon bushes.
I have about eight bushes in a line and the first five or so are about six feet tall. Closer to the woods at the end of the line this is what they look like and this photo shows why!
The deer feel safe in my surroundings and the above photo makes it all worth it to me. Sorry this is somewhat out of focus but last week a mama doe decided to bring her fawn out of the woods. It was nearing dark and when she saw me she headed back into the woods. This was the best photo I could get but I feel sure she'll be back.
The baby goslings born near a neighbor's pond are looking more and more like teenagers now. They grow up so fast.
Every summer I try my best to get 'THE' butterfly shot and maybe someday it will happen. :) As I came home one day last week this guy was fluttering around the garage door. Even after landing on the side of the house he didn't want to keep those wings very still but he posed just long enough for a quick shot.
Stopping at the mailbox to get the mail my husband noticed something in the grass. Since I always have my camera I got out and walked toward the ball of feathers. I believe this is a baby mockingbird. He couldn't yet fly but boy could he run. I took a couple of quick shots in the noonday sun and left him alone so as not to stress him. Mama and Dad were in the tree above me giving orders. I'm sure I heard them mockingly squawking, 'Fly Forest, fly!'
Hope you've enjoyed the wildlife found on my five acres of bliss this week!
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