Here’s One Reason

I like to leave my back yard wild.


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32 responses to “Here’s One Reason

  1. Very cool! My front yard is not wild, but one morning this past winter, I opened the wooden door to let sunshine in the glass, and there was a huge doe standing right there!

  2. How wonderful that must have been! I love it that animals feel safe around my home. I’ve not seen three back there before, but with houses going up next door and in front across the road it might be an effect from the reduction of their habitat. The one in back was an adolescent buck (antlers). That was very exciting. Bucks do not ordinarily leave deep forest cover except at dawn and dusk during mating season.

  3. jgavinallan

    I wish I could see that…let me repeat…these are great…I would love to see more pics…repeat—wow!


  4. Would you do me a favor and check out my friend’s new flash fiction site and if you genuinely love it (as I do) will you leave him a comment with the why he’s doing a good job. You’re exceptionally good at giving genuine encouragement and criticism. He writes fiction based on his life in China, he taught there. I find his words amazing.

  5. I love this shot too. 🙂

    Do you know the Keywords for the Deer Totem are Gentleness and Innocence? Deer medicine is focused on using the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us at bay.

    Most of our property is fenced off and in its natural state (treed with a creek running through it and a large pond) as a home for wildlife. On the part we do live on we have a doe and fawn parade every day as they arrive to graze and depart agin. There’s no one and nothing to fear here and the deer, wild turkeys, phesants, raccons, squrrels, etc. know that. As we live on the upper story we have a great view. We are so glad I designed a two story with the studion on the ground floor because we have a real and never-ending wildlife movie just beyond our windows.

    The unexpected occurence of a deer in one’s life can signify that a new innocence and freshness will be awakened or born. It’s a message to express gentle love.

    • I will happily accept those omens. Thank you for telling me, TT. In fact, even if it’s just that they know we won’t bother them, and they feel safe taking a nap, I am very happy they come. I am not raising food there, so whatever they want to eat, they are free to.

      There’s a lot to be said for living closer to the rest of nature, some kind of restorative power I can’t articulate yet. I don’t understand it in the depth that you do, but my intuitions are strong.

    • Wow, that describes Mikey to a T, TT

  6. How lovely! I remember deer visits when I lived on “deer cliff” drive. Now we have wild pig visits! Another very good reason to leave a backyard wild.

  7. The other animals besides us humans harbor less malice than we do usually. They just want to get enough to eat, and not have their kids and personal space threatened. I believe I can get along with almost any animal, once I understand their wants and needs better. There’s no question they are all beautiful.

  8. They look so comfortable and at home. So comforting.

    We have moles in our garden which backs on to a stream. Of course we never see them but they make holes in the garden. Treating them like giant earthworms I am not going to get upset about them. The garden is a mess anyway. However, neighbours have had their mole holes treated . . .

    How lovely to think of the deer as a message expressing gentle love!

    • That’s how I perceive the deer, as graceful, rather shy beings. Other people talk about them as if they were pests in need of extermination, and seem to be irritated that hunting them is prohibited here. I wonder if the Earth sees us as pests, in need of population control through viruses?

      (We had moles too. We didn’t kill them, but we put some stinky stuff down their holes and they relocated.)

  9. Pie

    They’re lovely!

    The humans in my immediate environment could learn something about how to behave from these animals.

  10. Margie

    Deer are nice. So are rabbits. So was my vegetable garden until the deer and rabbits ate it all up. It is hard to feel kindly about these animals when they eat the whole season of produce…

    • You can put out produce for them to eat, fence in your garden or go buy more. They don’t have the kind of free will we do. We take over their territory, and demand they just move on etc. We alone, we humans have the responsibility to be the shepherds of the Earth, and we have all too often acted like bandits instead of parenting nature. I understand very well that humans are also animals, and get all territorial and feel justified in killing, but I don’t have to assume it is moral to behave that way. We kill and eat because we can. Some of us refrain from it for that same reason, because we can.

      • Margie

        I didn’t say I was killing them. I just scare them away so that they will go eat the food that is best for them. Feeding wild animals, and encouraging them to lose their fear of man is about the worst thing people can do if they care about what happens to the wildlife in their area.

        Click to access DoNotFeedWildlife-e.pdf

  11. How wonderful! Like everyone else, I want to look out my window in the morning and see deer, too! Well, that’s unlikely to happen in my urban neighborhood. But we do have a neighborhood coyote! But deer–those are special.

  12. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I didn’t mean to suggest you were killing them personally or intentionally, Margie. I’m talking about competition for resources and the general way we as a species treat nature. I was trying to convey corporate responsibility. We (as a whole) kill them, by means of the way we take over habitat and build, doing nothing to relocate or provide for them or protect them. The black-tail deer here are not aggressive, but they do avoid people and dogs. However, when houses go up, they cross more roads and get hit, or they move up in altitude and lose the fawns to the coyote packs. Port Townsend is unusual in having deer roaming through the entire green spaces of town at dawn and dusk, or wherever humans aren’t at other times.

  14. lifewith4cats

    Skipity. I like that word. 🙂

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