Project 365/217 – Bounding in the Field

It was good morning, although quite a bit steamy. Had an early start and headed down to the Smithsonian Environment Research Center near Annapolis. I hadn’t visited before and was looking forward to exploring a new place for birds.

The birds are rather quiet lately, but I was able to enjoy five Ruby Throated Hummingbirds at the visitor center’s feeders. I kept trying to capture them in flight, but as soon as I would get them into my line of sight, they’d dart off before the camera could focus on him. At least this one showed me what he thought of my efforts.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

The butterflies were abundant in the butterfly garden and I was able to capture this Zebra Swallowtail.

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There were a few shorebirds at the dock, which are always fun to enjoy.

But the best part of the day was when I was returning from the barn. There is a field that I pass daily that I keep an eye out for deer. Sometimes they are there, sometimes they aren’t. Most times I don’t have my big lens with me. But this time I did, and prepared I was. The soybean plants have grown to a nice height, and hid most of the deer in the greenery. The boys seemed to be having a conversation, while the girl did a photo bomb.

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But then she saw me, and instead of trying to figure out if I was a threat, she immediately bounded off. Leaping well up to five feet over the soybeans.

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I should have known there would be a baby there, but so hidden was he, I didn’t notice him until he also started bounding over the greenery. Although he really had to look over the plants to see where he was going.

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I loved seeing the bambi’s and hope to see them again soon. Have a wonderful weekend and get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Bella

 

20 thoughts on “Project 365/217 – Bounding in the Field

  1. Wonderful nature shots! We went metal detecting a few years back and as we swung our machines looking for treasure in an old over grown field we jumped a female deer I never gave it a thought then we walked right up to her tiny baby fawn 😦 we backed away and I am sure Mom came back but neither of will ever forget how blessed we felt that early Sunday morning. No camera just a wonderful memory.

    Glad you got the shots to show and tell πŸ™‚

    • This is truly an amazing story. You’ve lived one of those lives that should be remembered in a book. You have truly been blessed. Thanks for sharing this awesome experience with me. I can feel my heart jump as if I was there with the surprise of the baby fawn.

      • I felt so blessed she took off and did not charge us but to place your baby down low with hopes of us just passing by was truly amazing act on the part of a Mom. I was happy to see the reaction on his face when he saw the few day old fawn seems he truly is the perfect match for me πŸ™‚

        I am so blessed and now know it and I have so many stories like this seems I am already living a movie in Full Color πŸ™‚

        • Evidently that is quite common with the white-tail deer. They hide their babies, then try to draw off the people (fox?) by calling attention away from the baby. To hear your life stories are always so soulful to me. πŸ™‚

        • Yes she did her best to spook us but we were intent on TREASURE lol with our machines till we saw her little treasure sure trumped ours that day. I am glad you understand what my life is like so many do not. I promise I do not try to do anything to make all of this occur it just does πŸ™‚

          Thanks for letting me know that life matters to you but I can see you go through life with eyes open as well so many sadly don’t 😦

        • Indeed you are so true about how blind people can be. They miss so much by staying close minded.
          I agree..life does just kind of happen. But there are times that it’s worth making it happen. You take the good with the bad right?
          Have a wonderful Sunday.

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