Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Magic in the morning


As I stepped off the front porch this morning at 3:30, Katie tugging on the leash looking for her favorite early morning spot to do her business, I searched the sky, as I always do, to find the big dipper.

And just as I found it a shooting star flared right through the middle of the constelation.

Then I noticed the pair of deer in the next yard, watching me watching them. When Katie was finished we casually walked back toward the porch, the deer walked casually off into the darkness.

Later in the morning I was tugged out the back door by Katie, intent on going to her pen the better to enjoy the beautiful early morning sun.

The doe, almost hidden by the forsythia bush, glances back toward her guy.

There, feet away from the deck, were our deer couple. They watched us for a moment, we standing still on the deck, Katie at full alert, fur puffed up, tail in the air, and they just on the other side of a small garden, tails in the air as well.

Then they raced off into the backyard. She went behind a forsythia bush, almost far enough to be hidden, but not quite.

He veered off to the left to stand behind a pile of brush along the back of our property.

Do you see him back there?

I didn’t figure they’d be there long, but I put Katie in her pen where she could bark protectively, and went for the camera. They both watched me as I circled the brush pile to get a better shot of him.

Here’s a better angle.

He watched me and glanced over at her. Eventually he snorted and lept into the air, headed toward her.

I almost got this shot. Looks like he got injured sometime recently.

One last look at me from over near her, then they bounded back into the woods.

See you later, lady!

Everything about this morning was pure magic.

Morning light.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Magic in the morning

  1. Magic is right! Beautiful creatures.


    • They sure are, even when they’re eating EVERYTHING in our gardens! 🙂 I hadn’t seen any bucks yet this year, this guy is my first. The lot behind us that has always been woods now has a house being built on it, that’s a pile of earth behind him, where they dug the basement. I’m sure these two are a bit unsettled. They are welcome to hang out in my yard. Katie, on the other hand, is not that enthusiastic about them being in her yard.

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  2. What a lovey surprise for your morning! 💖


  3. Incredible photos of a magic moment. I enjoyed your description, too, it really brought me into the moment with you. Just lovely.


  4. I love the jumping shot! And they stayed there for you…..that’s pretty incredible, Dawn.


  5. Magical moments during the morning hours!
    Have a lovely rest to your week my friend!


  6. Me too, I love that you included that jumping photo. It hurts that he was hurt, but life is that way. Thank you for being kind and honoring the lives of those around you, whether bird or mammal or whatever. What a world we would have if all humans did that.


  7. What a fun way to get your day started, Dawn, spending it in the wilds of your neighborhood 😀


  8. Magic, indeed — what a lovely way to start a morning! I’m sad the deer got injured though, and I hope he will heal soon.


  9. Love hearing about your magic mornings. Buck or camping in the back yard…a good reason to get out of bed in the morning and see what’s happening.


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