Why we're called Deer Path Gallery 


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 Where I live, in the north woods of Michigan's upper peninsula, deer are our constant companions.  They come to our compost heap every day looking for fruit and vegetable leavings, and I love seeing them there.  I have mixed feelings when they decide our flowers are "compost", though.  We've had to resort to putting up mesh fencing around our flower beds--something we avoided for several years because we didn't want anything to obstruct our view of them.  Finally we realized that a little obstruction was a lot better than no flowers at all!

There are deer paths everywhere around here, and I like to wander them sometimes just to see where they go.  When I chance to meet up with one of the pathmakers along the trail, she stares at me for a few seconds, as if she can't believe what she's seeing, and then she leaps off into the thicket, white tail in the air.

Here are some photos I've taken over the years.  I hope you enjoy them.

We spotted this new born fawn lying near the porch of a closed cabin nearby.  She wasn't more than 20 feet from the road, only slightly hidden by the leaves and grass.  Usually, when a mother has to leave her fawn to forage for food, she will hide it under trees in a pile of fallen leaves that provide much better camouflageI worried over this fawn with such a careless mother, but a few hours later I came back and the fawn was gone.  We saw her many times over the summer so either luck or pluck was with her. . .

The two "teenage" fawns frolicking near the water came back to play many times during the summer.  Some people think that deer don't like water, but the deer around here seem to love it.  The dark green area in the upper left of the last picture is an island, and we've seen the deer swimming over to it several times.

 

 

 The two "teenagers" here are this year's crop.  They look a lot like the ones above from a couple of years ago!  We came across the albino deer near Brimley, Michigan on the road to Whitefish Point.  It was grazing near the side of the road in a populated area, so we're guessing it's being fed and protected by the people around there.  It wasn't the least bit afraid of cars going by or people like me taking pictures. Her coat looks pretty bedraggled, but she's just shedding her winter cloak, getting ready for summer.  Soon she'll be a real beauty!