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Yes, isn’t she a dear deer?
This seems to be the first deer picture you’ve ever posted here.
It’s my second. Here’s the first, second one down.
Ah hah. When I’d clicked on today’s “deer” tag only one hit came up, namely today’s post. I see now that you didn’t tag the previous instance with “deer.”
I tagged it whitetail deer. I don’t know why just “deer” doesn’t work as lots of other titles with the word as part of a group do. But when I searched I couldn’t get a hit either so searched for “Quabbin Hill Fog” which no one else would think to do. WordPress is pretty good but there are occasional glitches.
You can say that again, about the occasional glitches.
Look at those eyelashes! And those whiskers. What a great portrait.
I don’t know the gender, but with eye lashes like that and those eyes, well it’s easy to assume “she”. The eyelashes and whiskers are attractive but it’s the ear hair, which I have of my own, that’s got my attention. 🙂 Thanks, Linda.
The mention of ear hair made me laugh. My preferred varnish brushes are made by Elder & Jenks, and they include ox ear hair. They’re also pretty pricey, as you might imagine. I noticed that they aren’t publishing their price list on their site these days. I’m not sure who harvests the hair, or how, but I hope they get a good cut of the profits.
Ha, ha. Yeah, those folks definitely should get hazardous duty pay. Maybe they distract them with a nice big bag of oats. I hadn’t heard of ox hair brushes but my favorites for shellac and varnish are skunk and/or badger, neither of which I’d want to coax for their fur.
I use badger on a daily basis. The ox-ear gets saved for the last couple of coats. When I start from bare wood, there usually are ten coats brushed on, so there’s plenty of chance to use both.
I don’t actually do much brushing any more unless someone gives me an antique to repair/refinish. Most retail finishes now are fully sprayed with no rubbing. So I mostly spray which is not in a spray booth, we’ve never had one, and is done with aerosol cans. My little exhaust fan couldn’t deal with compressed spraying. It’s not perfect but I generally get results equal to the original factory finish which is what’s required. When I had my shop the skunk/badger brushes really laid down a nice even smooth bubble-free layer.
Sweetness, indeed! And one thing I like about this image is what appears to be a lack of ticks. Down here this beauty might have them all over its ears.
We have plenty of ticks here also, but she was lucky to not have any at this point. The location where I shot this is in Quabbin Park’s orchard. Several other parts of the reservoir’s watershed are open to hunting and there is talk now of including a limited hunt in the park also to control the population which, of course, would also reduce the tick population as well. Whether that occurs remains to be seen.
Sweetness indeed. Doeful eyes.
Yes, indeed. I am much too soft-hearted, despite being a carnivore, to actually hunt for such beautiful animals. One look into those eyes and I melt.
Me too. Even when they eat our garden down to the ground.
We’ve ours fenced and although only 3 feet high, nobody has jumped in yet. Interestingly, a woodchuck tunneled under the fence and set up housekeeping but left all the plants alone. My attitude is their history on the land predates ours so we have to learn to coexist.
We have them constantly. There is completely open land just a couple miles away…
You can lead them to water…err meadows…but you can’t make them eat there.
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Aw. I’d assume female as well since there are no antlers, which at this time of year I believe the males all have. I’d like deer a lot more if people didn’t feed them, thus increasing their fecundity beyond sustainable limits.
This is not a recent image although it was made in November. Male yearlings don’t grow antlers until the following Spring. But they do have pedicels or little bumps so this might indeed be a female. Most wild critters can find food and don’t need us to provide for them. Winter birds get accustomed to feeders and they are mostly for our entertainment rather than birds’ neediness.
I want one, too, Steve. 🙂
I’m lost again, Tanja. 🙂
Really? I would like to take home one sweet deer and pet and hug. 😊
I am always a bit clueless, Tanja. She would be a sweet companion. 🙂
…I meant to say one sweet deer TO pet and hug…
I think it would be therapeutic just to look at this sweet face.
I agree. ❤
Every last little hair and whisker and eyelash – and the texture on the nose – that’s what I love the most. Wonderful, Steve.
Thanks, Lynn. She was a great little poser for sure. So cute with all those whiskers. I wonder if a wet shiny nose is a sign of good health for deer as with dogs. 🙂
Let’s assume it is. 🙂
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