|this picture is NOT from my encounter - thanks to my friend Sandy for letting me use it|
I had to take my car into the shop the other day (routine oil change, A/C wasn't working) Where it is located, I can easily walk home in about 20 minutes (25 or so with the boys). To do this, we cut through a VERY well used path in a wooded area. It takes us to the park behind our house and then we are home.
Monday morning, we drop the car off - I put Mr. K in the buggy (which he never uses anymore, but I didn't think he would make it in the heat AND we have to cross a pretty busy street while people were on their way to work, this was MUCH safer). We headed home. About 1/3 of the way up the path, we spotted a small deer. All I could see was it's head through the grass - so we stopped and watched it for a minute. As we started to walk again, on the OTHER side of the path were 2 large Doe's. Staring at me. I stopped, and had Mr. J do the same. The doe closest to me (I assume was the mama) and I stared at each other for a minute - and then it walked onto the path and turned STRAIGHT at me. Staring. She slowly started walking - so we slowly (very slowly) started to back away. I should add, at this point the deer was only 6-8 feet from me (would have been a great photo opp - but I was worried about taking any more time than I had to). I know they are generally gentle creatures - but it doesn't matter what type of animal - mama's protect their young and with the fawn on on the other side, I wasn't going anywhere near them. She had no way of knowing I wouldn't harm any of them ( Hubby and I had JUST been talking the day before about deer and how they can charge if they feel threatened - on a bike ride with Mr. J, they encountered a deer that they thought might charge another man on the path with a dog - but it took off into the woods)
When we were about 30 feet away - she started to turn towards the fawn, so I felt comfortable turning my back. We had to back-track to the main road, and then take another way home - which added about 15 minutes to our trip. The kids really liked seeing the deer so close, I on the other hand, while they are beautiful, was a little concerned.
Have you ever met a deer up close and personal?