But, here, the physical manifestation of all the thoughts of deer....at least it feels that way to me....
George had gone outside to practice some kicking moves in the backyard among the trees. He's been learning different martial arts moves and combining them into his own version of them. The deer was in the next yard, but George wasn't looking there, until he heard the deer go running for cover.
It didn't run far, though, and turned out to be as curious about us as we were about it.
George took the first two photos, after running into the house to grab the camera that was just barely out of power.
Then he came in to tell Michael and me about the deer and we all went out to hang out with this little one. It actually started to walk towards us a few times, very curious and friendly, but not being used to such encounters, we backed off a bit at that. I'm sure it would have been an amazing encounter, but in part, I don't like the idea of the deer getting comfortable with humans to the extent that it might not have fear when it really needs it.
This last photo was taken by Michael when the deer had gone over the tracks and into the cover of the trees, still wondering what kind of creature we might be, and sniffing our scent and coming close a few times.
Here's what I had found about deer medicine after Kateri had written on her blog about deer and I had put some of this in her comment box.
Deer medicine teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us at bay. Deer has the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds. Deer does not push to get others to change, Deer loves them as they are. Deer folks apply gentleness to a situation and become like the summer breeze: warm and caring.
Deer folk carry the message of purity of purpose; of walking in the light to dispel shadows. They know the work that they must do, and go about that work with no fanfare and no need for personal glory or recognition.
Deer blend well with their environment but are very sensitive to every sound or movement. They are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extra sensory perceptions. Some times their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening.There are no shadows about deer; no ulterior motives; no hidden agendas; no lies or misrepresentations, and it is not possible for deer to knowingly hurt anyone or anything. Children sense this about deer people, and are drawn to them. They feel safe and not threatened. Deer works very well with children because of their innocence.
Deer medicine brings beauty and grace to any surrounding. Just as the deer bounds from one place to another, a person with deer medicine often moves quickly from one situation to another, often never staying long enough in one place to get a "full meal".
And, literally the last photo, before my camera said that the battery was 'exhausted', poor thing.
Coming back towards the house, I thought I'd take a photo of the daylillies a day later, to show how they only last for a day...well, these didn't exactly just die...they were eaten! I'm told that deer are just wild for daylillies ;-).