Soft breezes gently caress the tall grass making sway ever so slightly. The warm sun yields yet a little more life to the season but that will soon change as the damp days of late fall ebb closer. The road through the park is all but abandoned so I set the breaks and step out to look for my next photo. The silence of the park is broken by the sound of footsteps on dry leaves and at first I thought that some hiker would be wandering up from the old trail that leads through the ancient boles of virgin timber. The sound draws nearer and I can now hear the subtle “stutter” of four feet walking as opposed to the steady marching of only two feet. The breeze delivers the hint of musk and I knew that she’d soon step from the shadows. I braced the camera on the hood of the big blue truck zoomed in past the reflection of paint. As she began to top the embankment that separates the field from the forest her keen ears twitched my direction. The whitetail is able to see movement but for the most part these deer are nearsighted. However you cannot fool those ears or if the wind shifts that nose. She knows I’m there but she hasn’t quite pinpointed me yet. Her instincts to hide from whatever is on the pavement has locked behind the few sparse blades of grass. As far as she is concerned she’s invisible. The beep of the automatic focus echoes in those amazing ears and for a split second her lock onto the lens. You only get one chance sometimes I thought as the shutter snaps. The doe whirls back and in a single bound vanishes below the crest of the hill. One chance was all I had. But if you’re set and ready one chance is all you need.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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