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Monday, September 18, 2017

Oh Deer!

In all our visits to Ouabache State Park, we've never seen a deer there. Until last week. A doe wandered out through the tall weeds that have grown in the dry lake bed this summer. We were sitting under the trees bordering the lake, reading; and I just happened to look up in time to spot her. She stayed long enough for me to capture a few photos.

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A park employee told us that the beach construction that has caused the lake to remain drained all summer has been scheduled for completion next year. She said that another, larger, state park had a greater need which caused the beach project at Ouabache to be put on hold for now.

But the opportunity to see the deer last week made us glad for the dry lake bed that lured her out into the open.


20 comments:

  1. How sweet to see this, Linda! Beautiful photos of this deer!

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  2. Nice to get close they are amazing creatures

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    1. They are, indeed, Steve...and you've gotten some fine pictures yourself.

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  3. She is so pretty standing among the weeds.

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    1. I agree, Ruth. The weeds sort of hide her, but they do add a nice dimension to the photo.

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  4. I like them all, but I absolutely love the photo of the deer munching its lunch. Great group of photos. Have a great week!

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    1. That's my favorite, too, Toni. I have it as my desktop background right now.

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  5. Oh my that deer sure blends in so well. I could see him though, pretty

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  6. Beautiful photos, Linda, they look very artistic. It must have been a moment of surprise to spot the doe! Lucky you not to give up on visiting the lake even in its waterless condition. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Petra. The weeds seemed, at first, to be a distraction. But, in the end, I felt they added to the image. It WAS a surprise to spot the doe. We knew the park had a deer population, but we'd never seen a single one before this.

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  7. In the first three pictures it almost looks as if the doe is posing for you. :) I'm so glad that you had this opportunity for seeing her for a bit.

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    1. She was trying to determine if we were a threat, Dianna. She would dip her head into the weeds for a bite, then immediately snap it back up again to see if we'd moved. Seeing her WAS a treat for us.

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  8. Oh the deer are so pretty! Hope they survive til they get their lake back. Of course there has to be other waters for them!

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    1. There's still enough water at one end of the lake to provide sustenance to the wildlife in the park. It's just not very pretty to look at right now.

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  9. Luck you. She even looked right into the camera! Your images are incredible!

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    1. She was worried about us, Mersad, and kept bobbing her head up and down watching us. It did make for some good photos.

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  10. What a great backdrop for those deer to be captured in! Nicely done! Aloha!

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    1. Thank you, Vicki, for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment.

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