GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE -- Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
I shot these on my drive from the city to the mountains after a big, statewide snowstorm. I watched a bighorn sheep stand at the fence as her herd, one-by-one, began to hop over. She couldn't jump from a standing position like her friends, so she turned around and walked away. I immediately knew she was getting a running start! I got to witness the whole thing. What an experience! So special.
Just as I was leaving a small town to head home on my last stretch of my nearly 6 hour drive, I saw a family of five deer in a neighborhood. At first, from peripheral vision, I thought they were statues, and then I looked back and realized how real they were. I flipped a U-turn and parked right in front of them. Instead of bounding off when I got out of my car with my camera, they continued eating some branches while one had a stare down contest with me. I assume she was the mom and overseer of the family. I was as close as 10 feet at times. Eventually, even mom relaxed and let me take picture after picture. They must be regulars in the area because of how calm they were. Eventually, they crossed the street to explore the neighbors over there and hopped their wooden fence. I chose not to follow. I'd been graced with some special time with them as it was.
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