A Garden of Eden Moment

With tripod setup and my Sony A7 III fixed atop it, I began to photograph hummingbirds last week.  I had taken quite a few shots with various backgrounds and I was about to pack up for the evening.  Suddenly, I heard something coming through the woods, sticks breaking.  Being a woodsman, since I was a young child, I instinctively knew to do a quick weapons check.  Sidearm, no.  I was in my own backyard for Pete's sake.  Lock blade hunting knife, check!  I grabbed hold of the handle, pulled it out, but left the knife folded.  After all this was just a protective measure, because it could be a wild dog.  In this area, a wild dog,  rabid animal or human on drugs are more likely to be a problem than anything else.  The truth of the matter is, at this point, I was more curious than anything else.

The snapping sticks began to get closer.  Then I saw it.  A cute little brown head poked out from the small brush, followed by the rest of a tiny white-tailed fawn.  My heart immediately skipped a beat, and I said in a high whisper, "Awww, you won't hurt a fly little one; will you?" I slowly put the still folded knife back in my pocked and noticed something very strange.  The fawn was heading right to me!  I began to calmly talk to her and she continued to move to me.  I slowly held my hand out and off she ran to the other side of the yard in a playful run. While she was running away, I texted my daughter, "Back window, back window, now, now now!" 

Now, the fawn was moving back to me slowly.  As she approached my hand, I brought my cell phone up to take the picture.  She bolted back into the woods and I didn't see her again.  "What an amazing moment!", I whispered to myself.  This was one of those Garden of Eden moments that only happens once in a great while.  When they happen, just embrace them.  Don't struggle to bring your "real" camera online and spook her.  Just go with the flow and soak in the experience. If you can get a cell phone shot then great, but don't stress.  This was all about the experience and not the photograph.  

Later, after things settled down, I figured out what she was doing.  I don't think it was me she was so interested in, but rather the nectar from the hummingbird feeder about 10 feet behind me.  She could easily suck on the ports just like a mother's teat.  I figure the mother had her in my yard on several occasions.  My thoughts based on the half eaten corn stalks and sunflowers.  For those who don't know, deer will each just about anything in your yard.  Clover, corn, squash plants, bird seed and hummingbird nectar are all on the table.

I hope you enjoyed the Bambi story this week, and I hope you get out there and enjoy nature!