08 March 2010

Deer in the headlights

On Saturday, we made a three-hour drive to northern Iowa to watch one of our daughter's last show choir competitions. By the time we arrived back home, it was around 1:30 AM. As we approached our house, we saw a deer walking through the snow on our boulevard.

We suspected there might be more in the vicinity and sure enough, as we pulled into our driveway, we spotted three more deer standing in our backyard under the evergreens! This must be a regular late-night deer hangout spot, as I've seen them on more than one occasion near our trees in the middle of the night.

We pulled the SUV around and let the lights shine into the backyard.The deer stood very still for the longest time and looked right at us. I remarked to Spouse that they had that "deer in the headlights" look. (Somehow he failed to appreciate my wit at 1:30 in the morning!) One of the smaller deer even came forward curiously. Since we had been at a show choir competition, we had the camera handy and grabbed a couple of shots.

We occasionally see deer in our neighborhood, especially at night, but this was a very special treat!
With the harsh winter we've had, I've been worried about the deer. It was very fun to see them up close!


Heather said...

They're such beautiful animals!

Sarah C. said...

You weren't kidding with that title! I found it funny. :D What a cool surprise late at night.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

What a nice surprise! I would think that would have been perfect wit for 1:30 AM! But then again, I'm appreciating it at 8:00 at night...