Town Deer

The smoke from the wildfires in the BC interior is still thick in the air way down here on Vancouver Island. I keep trying to get the redness of the sun to show but it doesn’t come out in the finished photo. I must be doing something wrong or maybe I need a filter to get the red colour to show. I tried taking a picture of a red geranium and it was bright red, but the sun? No dice.

That smoky day, I was driving along in downtown Comox and noticed a doe and her fawn at the edge of the golf course parking lot. I’m always a sucker for baby animals so I took this picture of the deer. I had mixed feelings about them being in town. It’s a modern day phenomenon that many deer now live in town, but they do have a hard time avoiding dogs, finding food, avoiding traffic, and even avoiding people who might do them harm (yes, they are out there too).

I didn’t notice until I uploaded this photo that the doe has a lump in front of her shoulder. It could be an injury from a pellet gun, or she may have been poked by a branch.  Any number of other mishaps may have befallen her. I think it will heal eventually, but in the meantime she will have to live with that discomfort.

Don’t stray too far, my little one,

I’m keeping watch for you.

Most people in this town are kind,

But some have mean streaks too.


Stay by my side and eat your greens,

They’re hard enough to find.

Most gardeners get annoyed with us,

But others do not mind.


Watch out for dogs who like to chase,

Be careful of the cars.

If neither of them injure us,

We’ll thank our lucky stars.


Look sweet and mild into the lens,

The lady sure can gawk.

But then she’ll put us on her blog, 

And folks will say we rock.




40 thoughts on “Town Deer

  1. Some people may not recognize the red color of the evening sun, but I do. That color red is a sure sign og either smoke or dust from a sand storm high in the sky.
    Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  2. The camera is usually the truer image, not filtered by our brains. 🙂 Deer in town are always a problem. Sometimes they get into human food and don’t want to go back to their own. Sugar addiction is a serious problem in deer. Great poem, Anneli. I’m sure that’s exactly what she was thinking. 🙂


  3. The red sun really is a deeper red these last few evenings, and your photo captured it fairly well. 🙂 Love the photo of the deer and the little cute poem to go with it. Well done!

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    • They are gentle creatures and we tend to love animals with fur (well, maybe not rodents so much, but the others), but I always think it’s a bit sad that these animals are in the city. Not good for their health even though we love to see them.


  4. Nice shots, Anneli. That’s really quite a lump on that doe’s neck. I hope it’s nothing serious and that it will go away eventually. Hre, we sometimes see deer in town, but not often.

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  5. It seems so exotic to me that you have deer and bears, raccoons and other wildlife there. But then, we have koalas and sometimes kangaroos hopping into town. Not to mention snakes and lizards. May your wildlife be safe and protected from harm. And may the fires soon be extinguished. We are heading into spring soon. It has been a wet winter so I dare say the risk of bushfires will be high.

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  6. Yes, even up the northern part of the island had smokey days. The fog came in everyday we were camping making the temperatures plummet.
    Had to wear a winter jacket most mornings. I think if I had a choice, I would choose fog over smoke.
    Love your poem.

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  7. Sweet poem Anneli, and very thoughtful. We are breathing easier south of Seattle right now compared to a week ago. I think of all the animals who have lost their lives and their homes due to the wildfires.

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  8. I know what you mean about getting the right color that you are seeing with your eye through the camera lens. I have a photographer friend who is always scolding me for using the “auto” setting. He tries to show me how to set it manually for color (he says it’s the white balance?), but there are so many bells and whistles on the danged camera I always forget where to find them. Sigh.

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    • Thank you, KB. It has been a terrible summer for drought and fires. Just today our weather is changing a little bit and we hope to have some rain soon. That should help clear the smoke somewhat. The people who live closer to the fires are still having a hard time.


    • A couple of days later I was driving by the same place and saw another doe, this time with twins. I thought maybe I hadn’t seen the second fawn the first time, but then I saw that these were much smaller, so a different family.


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