oh deer

It’s no secret that I love taking pictures of animals. Being a wildlife photographer in some exotic location would be my ultimate dream job.

Just slightly above spy and swimsuit model. I kid.

Next to Riley, my favorite subjects are the deer that frequent our property.

You might remember this one from the spring.


It’s one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.

This little beauty is one of the many, many, many deer who roam the hundreds of acres surrounding our road. Apparently this summer, he tangled with a hammock and came out on the losing end. But with a fetching headdress nonetheless! It’s only wrapped around his antlers and while I’m sure it’s uncomfortable, he’s not in any danger. Last week Hannah and I spotted him crossing the road and took this photo.


I shared this on facebook last week and it caused quite a stir.

Comments ranged from riotous laughter and hilarious comments (my favorites were Mardi Gras and Rastafarian references)Β to sadness (still laughing) to accusing me of being a sick, twisted freak who could laugh at something like that (clearly she doesn’t know me AT ALL…I can spot funny from twenty paces). The very idea that I didn’t capture him with my magic lasso and hold him down till Animal Control got there was just incomprehensible for one commenter. Instead, I called search and rescue to locate her missing sense of humor. Ba dum dum…ching!

This morning was a banner morning…nine deer paraded through the snow as Hannah and I were watching for her bus out the kitchen window.


I stealthily dashed outside in my fleece robe and fur-lined crocs (I wish I was kidding) and snapped this pretty one.

It was all fun and games until she started stomping her foot at me. Chuffing, I believe it’s called.


This was her way of saying, “Come one step closer to me or my babies and I will CUT you.”

Ah, is there anything sweeter than a mother’s protective instinct? I think not.

I’m drafting my next post as we speak. It may or may not be about the deranged possum that’s trying to dig a tunnel to China in the flowerbed outside our front door.

Aren’t you glad you stopped by today?

Just giving you a little peek inside my house-bound, stir-crazed, vitamin D deficient world.


20 Responses to oh deer

  1. Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue February 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Now that is a first for me. We have an unbelievable variety of wildlife here on on our orchard from silver foxes to bobcats to wild turkeys to elk and coyotes…but I have never seen a headdress on any of them. That is an amazing picture. I bet you could get it published. What are the odds?

    • Maple & Magnolia February 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

      Ohhhhh. Elk! Now that is something I’d love to see.

  2. Gloria February 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    I am totally laughing with you this morning because I am totally a city girl and any wildlife including a cute innocent looking deer always makes me a little fearful. Love all your pictures. Be careful.

    • Maple & Magnolia February 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

      Oh, Gloria. I’ll have to show my bear pics sometime. When we lived in Connecticut, we had black bears wander through our yard. I snapped lots of photos of one. Dumb? totally. But I got some great shots! πŸ™‚

  3. Stacey February 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Well I have to confess, I kind of feel sorry for the deer. It’s not very regal looking. My husband assures me the antlers will fall off very soon. πŸ™‚

    • Maple & Magnolia February 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

      Yes, I do feel sorry for him. But come March, he’ll be good as new.

  4. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage February 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Well my son and I were laughing at the deer in a head dress! I guess we’re sickos. πŸ˜‰
    Love the deer in the snow…just beautiful!
    Ya know, you never did finish your master bedroom makeover. Hint, hint, πŸ™‚

    • Maple & Magnolia February 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

      Lisa, nice to know I’m not alone! πŸ˜‰ Oh, the master bedroom….I keep waiting and waiting for inspiration and it’s just not coming. It’s a difficult room with SEVEN windows (dorky). I love the light but it’s very difficult to space plan and decorate. Also I’m thinking about new furniture (ours in old as the hills) and can’t decide. I’m leaning toward a tufted upholstered bed but my hubby likes wood better. Aren’t ya glad you asked????

      • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage February 5, 2013 at 12:13 am #

        Seven windows is a lot! I shouldn’t give you a hard time. I’ve had plans to build a headboard for my master bedroom for quite awhile. Not sure when I’ll get around to it, especially since I’m not quite sure how to get started!

  5. Nancy Carr February 5, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    Awesome! We live in a beautiful world. Thank you for sharing.

  6. kathy February 5, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    You do an awesome job taking pictures of the ~goings on~ around your place…love your wit as well…who wouldn’t take a picture of the poor hammock tangled buck..having a place in Montana where deer are like rodents and eat all my pretty flowers, I was laughing big time at that picture……as for that Vitamin D problem…I would welcome a visit (bring your camera) from you in the desert where we are suffering snowbirds in 80 degree weather…love, love, love your blog!

  7. Vanessa February 5, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    I love it these pics and the story. It’s funny and I have to agree with you about the one person. You know I have a wonder woman lasso you can have to catch that deer. Just saying, LOL

    Love your humor, it is better then medicine.


  8. Kate D. February 5, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    I live in upstate New York (just on the border of the Adirondack Mountains Park) and see wildlife in my backyard (deer, black bears, etc) all the time. My Dad and brother had to take down all their bird feeders last year because the black bears snapped all the poles in half to get to the bird seed. You have to keep your eyes peeled whenever you drive because the deer are everywhere when they are on the move. When they do that chuffing and huffing, watch out!

    People that think you should do something about the deer with the “headdress” must think you can just call the animal over and gently remove it from it’s head. Actually, I would be in the front row to see that – wouldn’t that be a show! Wild animals are dangerous – that’s why they are wild! Yes, I feel bad for the deer, but I also laughed out loud – quite the fashion statement…

  9. JaneEllen February 5, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    Pic of that deer is hilarious, sorry if I offend somebody but it is hilarious. I’m gonna print that out to keep on fridge for my daily laff inducer
    Sometimes I need one, hubs and I are together 24/7 and that can get to be a bit much for me. He used to be a trucker so I was alone alot to do my own thing,( ah the good old days), just kidding, (most of the time).
    Love your blog and so enjoy your humor. We all need to keep our sense of humor alive. Hubs always wants to know what I’m laffing about in here. Its winter so we’re cooped up alot more than usual. Wonder why I spend so much time in my office/studio. DUH!!!
    Happy Week love pic of your house. We used to live in MT on 20 acres off Canyon Ferry Lake and we had 1 1/2 acres out in country in KY. I tend to like as much space around me as we can get.

  10. Jan February 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    It’s just so great to see you posting again. Love your blog. The deer are beautiful!

  11. Donna white February 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Wow…the doe and her babies..what a fantastic shot……..the red head…not.so.much. Eww
    Poor thing..LOL. Wonderful pics!!!

  12. Erin February 6, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Honestly, I thought he WAS Rastafarian!!!! Too bad that woman(sans the sense of humor) doesn’t realize that he is probably getting more white tail now than he ever has! He probably chooses NOT to remove his headdress. And you have excellent funny radar(aren’t fuzzy crocs the bomb?), probably another reason for him to keep his antlers all dressed, he’s famous and ALIVE. Who could shoot him like that???? Probably some nut wanting to remove his swag, that’s who.

  13. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage February 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Laughter is the best medicine – and your pictures are amazing – as well as your fur lined crocs!

  14. Deb @ India pied.a.terre February 22, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I LOVE that headdress! That deer has great fashion sense! It’s probably good for him, helps him be seen. We have tons of deer here in Kildeer too (ugh, our village name!) and I always watch carefully in our neighborhood while driving home at dusk. Some deer have learned to look both ways before crossing the street! Seriously!! We were fortunate last summer to have a deer raise her baby just behind our property. It was thrilling to see her bring the baby out and eat apples off our tree. Then they were off and running and she had to show the baby all the places to get food, and I didn’t see them again …

  15. Deb February 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Susan that picture is hilarious! I’m going to be looking for the deer in a head dress on my morning walks. Do you think he ventures north of town?

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