Wildlife Photography | Finding Fawns
Sometimes you can have gone to a place many-a-times before, but this time when you enter, it feels so different. It feels as though you are feeling it for the first time, all over again.
I went to an all-too-familiar forest that I have been exploring the nooks and crannies of for five years now, but this time as soon as I entered it just had a different feel to it. The light was different. In a place I rarely see wildlife, they were out and about. On a whim, I decided not to go my usual routes and paths…I decided to hike through the dense forest a new way (more on that in another/future post). Its good to see things in new ways. And it certainly helps for inspiration and creativity 😉
Driving down the seasonal road I caught a glimpse out of my eye that made me stop the truck.
There she was, trying her sweet, darnedest to blend in. Nope, nothing here but trees and ferns and spilling light.
I never saw her mother, not until she stood up and trotted off in an unconvincing, non-committed way. Like, she wanted me to believe they were running away…but she wasn’t actually leaving the area and her fawn. Her fawn took noticed and laid down right where she was, now covered in those tall ferns. I got out of the truck and tried to get a step closer to see if I could get an image of her camouflaged eye, ear, something…but the minute I did she leaped from her spot in a single bound and joined her mom.
Throughout my photographic career, snapping an in-focus picture of a deer leaping has always evaded me. Apparently I have issues and won’t soon be working for the likes of Nat Geo, haha. But I have been staring at my blurry deer-jumping pictures so much that they are starting to grow on me. I’m starting to like the blur. Yup, I meant to blur that. Just gonna go ahead and own it.
I can’t help but think that I am probably the first human that little fawn has met in it’s new life. It’s first experience with mankind was me.