Shenandoah National Park is home to a large population of White tailed deer. Within this protected haven, overtime these deer have learned to not fear humans without the presence of hunters.
Along Big Meadows, the deer are easily found at dawn and dusk along the roadways leading into the lodge and along Skyline Drive. My visit to Shenandoah had to include some time with the deer, and while they can be found, one does need to look a little to find them. Driving down a dead end road that led to staff quarters, I found a doe and her two yearlings grazing gently along the woods.
Setting up and enjoying the serene moment. The moment where one can be next to nature and my presence does not disturb. Becoming part of the surroundings, and perhaps a welcomed visitor to their world.
They strolled gracefully by in the wooded area and the younger ones looked on with curiosity.
Feeling no threat, they walked by so closely that I actually had to back up to capture a head shot.
But then something else caught their attention and away they went. At least I had a few private moments with these beautiful Doe-see-Does.