Archive for April 17th, 2010

17
Apr
10

White-tailed Deer: Blondee

Last Spring I took some photos of a young deer still with her Winter coat.  She has a very thick coat of blonde fur.  Here’s a photo from last year.

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She may have been a yearling last year, but more than likely a two year old.  With the thick coat of blonde fur she’s easy to distinguish from the other deer.  Thursday, I managed to get very close to the deer.  They didn’t panic or run away and Blondee was among them. 

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Here’s Blondee this year. 

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She let me take several pictures of her.

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Seems she’s gone and gotten herself pregnant.  That makes at least two of the eight or so adult females that are pregnant.

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Deer have two layers of fur during Winter.  Their Summer coat which is reddish brown in color and a top coat of thick grayish-brown fur.  Blondee’s second thicker coat looks blonde.  She has part of the top coat scraped away, which allows a pretty good look at how thick her fur gets.

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17
Apr
10

A Pleasant Spring

To those of you who have been regulars to this blog during its many re-creations, you know that Spring is my least favorite season.  The weather can be very fickle; rainy one day, bright and sunny the next and snowing the next.  This Spring has been different, with the weather being…well…summed up in one word – pleasant.

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So pleasant that yesterday, while taking pictures, I barely looked for deer which is my overriding preoccupation when I’m hiking.  Instead, I just took in the scenery unfolding as green takes over.

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While I photographed, other people moved around the park.  A couple jogged, and, according to the woman, “Getting ready for Summer.”  I understand.  With Spring’s fresh pleasant weather I’ve been more active also, and can feel the muscles tightening with every step I take.

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Later as I hiked along the edge of one of the large fields in the park, I could hear them approaching again.  They asked me about those large birds in the field and I answered they were Sandhill Cranes.  They continued on, chatting about their day, while I wondered how aware they were to the beauty around them.

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I had just taken some shots of an Osprey gliding overhead, when I noticed a Bald Eagle flying across the park in the distance behind me.  I know it isn’t a very good shot – the bird was just too far away.  But we just don’t see them in this part of Wisconsin that often.  It’s late in the year for it to be migrating, so I’m hoping it is a permanent resident.

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Toward the end of my hike a pair of Sandhill Cranes flew over.




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