My exercise bike is in my basement in front of two large picture windows. I have enjoyed the view this past winter by gazing out onto the winter landscape and lots of wildlife visitors. The most frequent visitors are a family of five deer who comes and grazes on the foliage. Often times I see them doing affectionate gestures like touching mouths (kissing?) and licking each other. There are also the usual squirrels prancing around in the trees. Without the foliage on the trees, I am able to observe the bird life which is quite prevalent. I see robins, cardinals, and woodpeckers all the time. Just a few days ago I saw a female cardinal which is a rare find. A few times I have seen a large Hawk sitting in one of the trees.
The last time I saw the deer was last Sunday. Although I wasn’t done with my exercise routine, I decided to run upstairs and grab my camera with a telephoto lens. Because I did not arouse the deer, they stayed put and I was able to take some photos through the windows. Once I went outside they all scooted away.
I started to think that I should set up camp in my backyard, dressed in camo gear, and also a camo lens to fake the deer and the birds. Maybe I could start a new reality TV series – Suburban Shooters? I’ll let you know if that happens.
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