Deerly Beloved

As I was sitting on my front porch this morning sipping my first cup of coffee I heard a familiar sound.

It was a doe and her two fawns walking in a single file right past my bistro table. They were en route to an “all you can eat salad bar” which happens to be the Japanese gardens of my next-door neighbors, the Yoshidas.

My seating position is shaded such that the deer family didn’t see me. Thanks to a windless morning, they didn’t smell me or my mug of French roast.

As soon as the parade passed I backed into the house and grabbed my Nikon and 180mm lens.

I then quietly walked over to the trio’s outdoor food hall. I was able to capture about a dozen frames before the babies decided that it was time to go. One of the calves was in mid-munch when they made their escape.

I’m sure they’ll be back. Maybe even tomorrow. This time I’ll have the camera on the table.

Coffee on an unseasonably cool morning is always enhanced with a little wildlife photography.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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