Emily’s Deer

It rained constantly, but the intrepid scientists went about their business, all of them dressed in hip-high rubber boots and rain gear.  I was the only one not dressed for the expedition.  I went to the beach sites they’d selected to do their work, and I waited in the car (reading) while they took their 5-6 hour jaunts.  With me came my camera in hopes that the rain would let up.  It didn’t.

As I sat in the car reading, I heard someone call my name.  I looked up and around.  Several other cars were parked nearby, but I didn’t see a person.  I heard my name again and spotted a moving flash of yellow rain-gear through the windows of the car beside ours.  I put my book down and stepped out into the rain.

There was Emily, one of the students in the Oceanography class.  She said, “I fell on the rocks.  Amoeba sent me back up.”  She pointed.  “Look what followed me.”

Because of the car, I couldn’t see what Emily was pointing at, but from the look of awe on her face, I knew to grab my camera.

This little guy — little though he is at least two years old — followed Emily up the beach trail, through the woods and to the car park. He wasn’t in the least bit skittish and let me within three feet of him. I believe he would have let me touch him, but I didn’t try to get closer. We suppose he was hoping to be feed, but since we were standing in a Canadian Provincial Park and were surrounded by “thou shalt not” signs, we didn’t.

He ate the tops of the daisies instead.

Emily had never seen a deer before and was enchanted.  We stood in the rain — we with my precious camera — way longer than was sensible, then retreated to the car where it was dry — belatedly remembering that Emily had been ordered to the car to sit down!

36 thoughts on “Emily’s Deer

    • Cherie — it was pretty amazing. I am kind of wishing I’d have gone ahead and petted him, but that is so irresponsible toward the deer. It really isn’t safe for him to think humans are that safe — or safe for people to think he’s really tame.

  1. Awwww, that little guy followed Emily to pose for you? You’re so lucky!!
    I would love to get wet to get pictures like those. Not that I want to ruin my camera though.

  2. Did ya think you were being called by the great beyond when you heard voices and couldn’t see anyone? LOL It amazes me that deer would let you get so close. They must be use to humans then. Hope Emily was and is okay. Where is Emily from that she had never seen a deer? I’m assuming you mean in real life also. Great pictures Q.
    .-= Thom´s last blog ..Saturday 9 – Wedding Bell Blues and An Award =-.

  3. Awwwwww…….!
    And I was thinking along the same lines as Thom – grin 😀

    The little one does look small though.
    I wouldn’t have thought him two, if not for the antlers.

    I too hope, Emily’s ok.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Waiting for the show =-.

  4. Great picture Quilly, hope Emily is doing OK. It must have been tamer than most deer, being in the Provincial Park the critters seem to be more comfortable with the Human folks.

    Thanks for sharing

    Oh, at midnight MDT another picture will be published for you to go have a boo at. I made it really easy, even Thom should be able to guess this one, though I think of all people he should have guessed the two Bus ones, scheesh.
    .-= Bill´s last blog ..More About Me =-.

    • Dr. John — I thought about offering this one some chocolate chip cookie, but I don’t think it would have been good for him.

  5. Sorry to hear that poor Emily fell — but oh what a BLESSING she received for it! And how nice of her to share it with you! And how nice of YOU to share it with US! 🙂
    .-= Melli´s last blog ..Quick, Quick! =-.

    • Melli — I have the nicest friends. I was so touched by everybody that worried about Emily. She was fine, but a bit bruised. The deer was a great stimulant.

  6. What a glorious creature. It must have thrilled you to have it come so close. It all looks beautifully lush where you live too.

    • Brenda — actually, we live in Hawaii. These photos were taken on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where we had gone on a field trip for the Washington University (Seattle, WA) Oceanography class Amoeba is currently teaching. Now, isn’t that confusing?

  7. Carletta — I grew up with deer in the backyard and your blog has made me realize how much I miss that, so this photo shoot was a real treat.

    • Nicole — we saw a bear. The photos came out horribly. It was wet and rainy and we took the photos through dirty, blurry car windows.

  8. What a darling. I wonder how many people ignore the signs and feed anyhow, to have this one so brave. What would someone feed a deer anyhow I wonder… ?? Do they like Hershey bars or peanut butter sandwiches, or what?
    .-= Susan at Stony River´s last blog ..Gone Crazy =-.

    • Susan, what would be best for him is veggies, but he would likely eat anything non-meat that smelled yummy — including Hershey Bars — even though they would likely make him sick. And, except for the sugar, a PB sandwich would probably be a fair choice for him health wise.

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