Day 25: Beauty in a broken world

You may be saying, “Awww, what a sweet little deer,” as you look at this photo of a young deer in its winter coat. And I might, too, if the deer weren’t in a neighbor’s garden, along with seven of its friends, out for an evening of culinary browsing.

A young deer, fuzzy in its winter coat, watches me.

So what you and I see may be different. I see a marauder, a cute one, but a marauder all the same. The deer are a menace to my garden, and I do not wish them well.

A friend out walking her dog scattered the herd recently and then saw me. “So much for having any flowers this summer,” she said, with sadness in her voice. We have other neighbors who toss apples in their yard to encourage the deer to visit (as if they needed any encouragement at all). I suppose this is a fine example of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Join me in the hunt for beauty?
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The smallest fawn

I heard the crashing of a deer through the woods, spooked by the dog and me meandering around our back yard. Because I had seen a doe and tiny, wobbly fawn up the street earlier that morning, I peered into the woods.

Right near the edge where lawn ends and woods begin, the neighbor’s yard crew dumps grass clippings every week. I gasped (and then dashed inside to grab my camera):

The smallest fawn I’ve ever seen

Sometimes, you don’t have to look very far to experience something magical.

Lions and otters and bears, oh my!

My husband and I had a fun opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina recently. There’s an animal preserve on the mountain where animals who might otherwise die go to live out their lives.

I thought you might like to come along for a virtual journey through the preserve.

The weather was beautiful, and we were excited to start out with our guides. While the behind-the-scenes tour will take up to six guests, my husband and I were the only two for that day’s tour.

It was such a treat to escape the crowds and get to see the animals more up close than we would have otherwise. We had to promise to stay at least three feet from the fences, an easy thing to do when it came to the mountain lions and bears!

Our first stop was the new eagle enclosure: Continue reading