Oh! Deer!

We saw it through the screened window and didn’t want to scare it away by moving.
It seemed young enough to be traveling with its mother, but she was nowhere around. We had seen a doe and a fawn come through the property several times before. This time, the little one was obviously on its own.
We’ve had raccoons (which I was never able to catch with a camera) and a bear (which I did). This young deer — long skinny legs, ears it hasn’t yet grown into, gentle brown eyes — reminded me of the movie The Yearling. We stood and watched it for almost twenty minutes as it grazed on the grasses that never get mowed, always alert and responsive to any odd sound or movement. Sometimes it seemed to look straight at us through the window.
Soon, the hunters will be out. I wonder if we will see it again.

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