Monday, August 27, 2007

Deer with Attitude

Midday on a Pennsylvania mountainside. Hooves pass through jewel weed and sink in soggy ground.

People were walking my trail again. Smell them? We got prints, and someone took a spill, and there's some broken--

*sniff sniff*

Hey, is that hamburgers? I keep telling those cows. Hop the fence, hop the fence, like this, but do they listen? No. They just stand there and chew cud. Dopes.


Oh, nice. Those were blackberries? Thanks bears. I'll be sure to pelletize YOUR trail. Disgusting.

Hey, wait.

I smell something.

Maybe it's that--

Dang, they got me again. Gotta love the head tilted and the big ole' doe eyes. Ridiculous. I AM a doe, but that's so cliche. I'm going down by the river. At least I'll be able to--

The deer perks and listens. It bounds off.

A truck on the logging road bounces slowly down the mountain.

(Stealthcam I230IR trail camera, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.)


SzélsőFa said...

Heehee. I bet they have thoughts, although, perhaps, yes, really maybe, well, not exactly those that are written here :)))

on a sidenote: Do you go up all the way by a truck?

Anonymous said...

You made me laugh thanks ...I enjoyed this

Jaye Wells said...

I love this tone from you. You should do humor more often. The cow advice was my favorite.

Church Lady said...

Tooo cute! Thanks for the morning smile!


Vesper said...

How lovely, Jason! And the pics, too. I'm sure there's a lot going on through their heads, we would be amazed if we could only know... In the mean time you imagined it in such a cute way.

The Anti-Wife said...

What Jaye said!

the individual voice said...

Gorgeous animal.

The Quoibler said...

She's probably back with her family saying, "No, really! It was a Stealthcam I230IR trail camera! I swear!"


c.s. said...

i like this a lot. i'm envious of the fact that nature is so close to you.

wordtryst said...

Ooh, lovely photos, lovely prose. The cow advice tickled me no end.

anne said...

Very clever, and witty too. Plus, how lucky that you saw the doe, let alone managed to take a picture! (I kept wanted to write "shot", but nope. Too... nope.)

Anonymous said...

SzélsőFa, yes, we get to the cabin by driving up an old logging road. We're used to it, but the drive is pretty precarious.

Nasra, glad you enjoyed it. :)

Jaye, your comment was well timed and reassuring. Humor is a big element of my novel. A little edgy and sarcastic, but still good natured. I was wondering if it would entertaining or not.

Church Lady, morning smiles are on the house. :)

Vesper, I've always imagined that they are very wired and on edge. It was fun to imagine something different.

Anti-Wife, since my novel has a somewhat similar edge to it, it's very nice to hear that you enjoyed this change of tone.

Individual Voice, it's not common to get close ups like this. When you do, you can really get a sense of them.

Quoibler, they didn't believe her. I probably wouldn't have believed her either.

C.S., I wish I had more time to just sit and observe. The trail camera lets me do it in a virtual sense.

Wordtryst, lol. Something about the way cows just stand there does make you want to shake some sense into them.

Anne, it's always a surprise to see what the trail camera gets. Of course, not when it's just weeds and sunlight. That's not so exciting.

Church Lady said...

I retitled your link on my blog.
Can you guess who you are?


Soph said...

This is very sweet, the photos are lovely and the writing adds a bit of humour. :) Nice site you have here.

Anonymous said...

Funny. I used to live on the edge of the suburbs as a kid, after my house was thousands of miles of wilderness. We didn't have a fence, so deer would come into our backyard all the time. A few times, if I remember correctly, we went back there and got to feed them.

(This house is no longer on the edge of nowhere, the surrounding area has been all developed now.)

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

This is quite nice and the humor is wonderful. I am glad to have found you.

Anonymous said...

Church Lady, very apropos!

Soph, thank you very much. :) You're welcome anytime.

Trevor, I suppose that's the way of things. I'm hopeful that the area where this photo was taken will stay rugged for a long time, but who knows.

Inside, thanks. :) I've enjoyed your writing also. You show a real depth of talent.

angel said...

love it!