With the gas prices being what they are I can no longer take little impromptu photo excursions. This morning I was down on the other side of the highway to drop my son off at work so I stopped off at the Nature Center. I had just gotten down to the trail when I saw a whitetail deer. I took my sandles off and walked barefoot on the trail so I could get closer. The deer saw me with my bright yellow and blue Corona ball cap, but didn't seemed alarmed and continued to graze.
I was able to get even closer by walking barefoot in the trees. In just a matter of a few minutes I was surrounded by a small group of 4 does and 5 fawns. Curiosity brought them momentarily closer then they would return to their grazing.
It was such a special moment for me, there in the woods with the deer. I felt accepted, I felt like I belonged there, that I was as much a part of the forest as the trees and birds were. For a moment in time this morning I was a child of nature the way humans once were at the beginning of time.
Except that I was clicking away on my big ole camera! (I think those deer probably recognized the sound from my past visits.)