Mama Deer & Baby Deer

Today’s post is not my usual, but I had to show you the following photos. You see, this is one of those rare occassions when I am at the right place at the right time.

As I opened my front door at 6 a.m. to get the newspaper, I saw a family of deer walking across my front lawn. I quickly got my camera, quietly opened the screen door, and snapped away. Not sure what images I had captured, so was pretty pleased when I saw these 3 shots. Wish they were clearer and wish the other shots were usable, but these animals move real fast, and I am lucky to have captured these.

The family was on its way to breakfast.

Mama deer and her 2 baby deer (fawns).
She is giving them directions to the smörgåsbord (see her mouth moving?)

“This is a single trunk katsura tree.” said mama deer to baby deer,
“The tender and desirable leaves are at the tip of these young branches.”

Brother and sister? 2 brothers? 2 sisters? Whatever, they are cute.
“That was a delicious breakfast,” said the baby deer on the right to its sibling, “let’s say thank you to Norma and head home. Time for a nap.”

Sawsan, these photos are for your kids.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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68 Responses to Mama Deer & Baby Deer

  1. Toni Kellers says:

    Precious, Norma – looking forward to seeing you in the breeds barn at Rhinebeck. I will bring pictures of my hay bale gardens

  2. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s so kind of you to provide food for a mother and her fawns. They are gorgeous and I’m so glad you captured the images on your camera xx

  3. How lovely! Well done on getting the shots Norma and thank you for sharing them with us. Have a lovely weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. The deer are so beautiful — what fast work, so early in the morning, to catch them in a few photographs. We don’t have deer by us, just wild boars, so this is a very exotic sight!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello GC,
      This was one of those rare times when I got my act together so early in the morning and before my cup of coffee. Are your wild boars as destructive as our deer?

      • We’ve had to put fences around our garden, because of the neighbors’ herds of goats, so we don’t see much of them. (We hear them snuffling around at night sometimes!) The chickens do plenty of damage though…

  5. Annie says:

    love, LOVE, L O V E your post… must have been amazing to see a family of wild deers in your own garden:)

  6. GrafixMuse says:

    Twins! How cute. I love witnessing nature in my yard. Although I find it difficult to capture a photo as I am both in awe at what I am witnessing and they move so fast.

  7. Kim says:

    Well Norma we have plenty of fawn twins in the neighborhood here too……they do so much damage and are so over populated in our suburban area that we often have to stop for them to get out of the road. I hear the school buses and delivery trucks constantly stopping ,beeping,and waiting for them to move. There are so many accidents caused by the over population problem. I know your readers think they are beautiful but to me they look like the enemy coming to destroy my yard and gardens along with bringing me lyme disease and other tick borne diseases.
    I’d like to have my good health back that I had before lyme disease, wouldn’t you?

    Happy Gardening

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      I hear you. Found a tick on me last month, don’t think I got bitten but decided to take the single dose antibiotic. Will go in for blood test in a few weeks just to be sure.

  8. Ginny says:

    Such fun to see your photos! Perhaps your deer travelled about 10 miles over here and are the same 3 that I’ve seen in my yard several times earlier this week (but didn’t think to catch a photo of; sure look like them – or their cousins, at least). It’s always fun to observe them, but then it comes back to the fact that they eat so many of the veggies and other plants in our yards and it gets rather discouraging. Since I didn’t get the deer fence up this year, we planted many veggies up in amonst the shrubs and perennials in a large raised bed garden above the driveway that is hard for them to access – swiss chard is looking very colorful right now in a previously vacant spot amongst the other plants. As to the deer – I’ve only removed one deer tick so far this year (record low for us!) – the smallest nymph stage that I’ve ever seen. Since at least 1 person in just about every family I know in Dutchess County (as well as my brother in MD) has had Lyme disease, and while I like to watch the deer as you do, I sure wish they weren’t so prevalent and weren’t hosts for the tick that transmits Lyme disease, etc.

    Enjoy this enjoyable gardening weather this week!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Ginny,
      Fun to observe but prefer that they stay in the forest and not in my backyard. They have done much damage to my plants and yes the dreaded lyme disease is a major health issue.

  9. Judy Killmer says:

    Hi Norma,
    Really enjoyed your cute story!!

  10. Hello Norma
    Thank you so much for posting the pictures and for thinking of my kids.They are glued to the screen and I wish you could see the smiles on their faces. They are discussing what they would do if they were there!

  11. Your generosity is beautiful my friend and these lovely deer exquisite and graceful 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. How very cute, Norma! and funny! I am glad you were able to catch such a precious moment. How many times each of us have been in the situation when we wished we had a camera. This time you did it, and thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

  13. Liz says:

    How fabulous. I know they can be destructive but I do love deer. Its fabulous that you were able to get those shots.

  14. Eha says:

    Am nearly crying: but there are weepies and weepies 🙂 ! This is how simple the world should be and is not . . . thank you!

  15. Eva Taylor says:

    How incredible, Norma! Lucky you, and us, thank you so much for sharing. I’m posting this comment from Budapest (it’s 11:05pm) but the Internet is shoddy and it’s very frustrating!
    Although my Aunt lives on the hill in Pest (Rosa Domb) she gets the occasional deer in her reverse ravine lot! I’m hoping to get a glimps of one before we head off to Barcelona on Tuesday. But if I don’t, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing your visitors. And how nice of you to provide the buffet tree for them!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      The buffet was definitely not provided voluntarily. They have done so much damage to my gardens.
      Am sure you are having a wonderful time in Budapest. Have a great rest of the trip.

  16. I love deers. We see them all the time here in Iowa. Once, I saw about 20+ in front of my office building. What a sight.

  17. How gorgeous! I’m so happy that you shared this!!!

  18. Wow.. incredible opportunity to see these cute little deer up close! Don’t you think it’s just such a gift when that happens?! xx

  19. How lovely!! Did they eat much? 😉

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      They would devour my azealeas, mountain laurels, etc if they were not fenced in. My veggie garden is surrounded with a 10 foot fence. There are very few plants I can grow that are truly deer resistant.

  20. Great shots Norma. When I used to live in Michigan I thought I had a big problem with the rabbits eating my flowers until my husband took a photo of the evidence… honey those are some awfully large rabbits…. Deer, deer and flocks of deers eating my flowers.

  21. What a sight! They say you never see just one deer. They travel in pairs, so when I see one I wait for the other to show up 🙂

  22. Lrong says:

    Good work on the photos… they might be back to visit you again… 🙂

  23. I’m surprised you don’t try to chase them off! Pretty soon your garden will be their breakfast 🙂

    Great pics!

  24. Sophie33 says:

    Hahahahahahha,..I loved the added conversations a lot! 🙂 Too bad for your plants in your garden! 😦 Great shots!

  25. Kristy says:

    Oh Norma! What an absolute delight! I used to wake up to that nearly every morning when we lived in Minnesota. I do miss that! They were so much fun to watch. I know they can do quite a bit of damage to gardens, but they are so sweet to look at. 🙂 I’m glad you caught them on camera and thank you for sharing!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kristy,
      It was a dlightful sight and I am glad I got a few usable photos. I would love them to death if only they did not do so much damage and bring with them the dreaded and crippling Lyme disease.

  26. Charles says:

    Aw, so cute – what a lovely surprise to see first thing in the morning! I never see anything like that here, even though I live right next to a forest 😦

  27. Kim Bee says:

    Adorable. My sis lives on a small island where deer are protected so they wander at will. Everyone has deer fencing on the island. The funnies thing we saw was a herd standing up like humans to reach the apples in a tree in her neighbours yard. So cute.

  28. Karen says:

    The twin fawns are so cute. All the ones in our orchard have similar discussions but they are trying to decide which of the 100 varieties they like best. Their mother is telling them that when the grass is covered with snow and they are grown to come back and eat all the tiny buds and bark on the trees.

  29. ChgoJohn says:

    Great photos, Norma. Deer are wonderful to watch — so long as they’re on someone else’s property, eating their plants and vegetables. On the property in Michigan, there are several old apple trees that the deer feed on all winter. There’s a constant parade of deer every late afternoon once snow covers the ground. It’s something to see but I’m sure we’d feel differently if they were destroying plants/trees that we harvest. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      The deer are gorgeous creatures, the fawns are sooooo cute. But I prefer to admire their beauty in the forest or from someone else’s property not on mine. Currently I am gradually getting rid of most if not all the perinneals and shrubs that attract them hoping this will get them to find other routes.

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