Recognizing as I do that I'm not in Greensboro, perhaps it shoudn't have surprised me so much to walk outside this afternoon and have a guest looking at me. Shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. I'd decided that it was too gorgeous a day to spend entirely inside. It was also too gorgeous to miss the photographic potential of all this sunshine. Glad I followed my instincts on that one. Literally, having closed the back door and turned to look up at the wooded expanse before me, deciding which direction to walk in, I saw this deer looking back at me. We looked at each other for a long, long time - allowing me to capture quite a few shots - before it moved at all. Even when I started slowly walking toward the barn, it just stood there. Eventually I ventured too far into its personal space, and it scampered off into the trees.
But get this - as I grew close to the barn, I realized there were three deer lingering in a little cluster not that very deep into the wooded area. Not so close that I could get a good shot of them. In fact, they remained well-hidden for a while, before eventually they decided I wasn't worth the risk. Either that or they just got bored and decided to move on to more interesting priorities.
Regardless, I'm really glad I went out. And that I had a camera with me. Life may be more quiet here than I'm accustomed to. In fact, I was counting on it when I decided to head this way. But I haven't gotten bored yet!