December 24, 2010

Christmas Visitors

"Fox" by Melissa

Early this morning, as I looked out over our backyard from my upstairs bathroom window, I saw the dark forms of deer moving about the green-space that is at the end of our yard....separating our yard from the yard behind us. It isn't unusual to see deer back here and my first thoughts were to go out and chase them away from my trees and bushes. I didn't this time...cause I guess, "It's Christmas!"

At lunch time, I was fixing a sandwich while chatting with my youngest daughter, Melissa. Looking out the kitchen window this time, I once again saw the deer. For them to have lingered this long was worth noting as they usual come and go. Melissa came up to the window to see them and as she approached, she called out, "There's a fox!" And sure enough...there was! (She has a good eye and good luck...she's the one who first spotted the bald eagle I wrote about in an earlier posting...) As plain as day, a fox ambled out of the woods, stopped to look around a bit, and then ambled off.  Again, I wasn't too surprised to see a fox here...but this was the first time that I had!! Now...I didn't have my camera with me at the time, but she did. So this is her picture of the visiting wanderer. Looks fake in the picture...but I assure you that it's not.

By the time I did get my camera, the fox was gone. The deer...still I did manage the above shot before they too, ambled off.

Such a wonderful thing to happen on Christmas Eve. A quiet happening which makes it all the better, don't you think?


Erika Lee Sears said...

I love all the animal visitors :)

Happy Holidays :)

Dave said...

It was so much fun to see the fox on Christmas Eve...just set the tone for the rest of the day! I've kept my camera ready just in case it comes back...but not yet!

Carol said...

I know that I'm two years too late but I've just noticed this. How absolutely gorgeous. What a place to live with foxes and deer in the garden. And snow!

Marit said...

How wonderful to be lead to this Christmas post through Seth's buried treasure list and see the animals that surround you... I would almost say "Merry Christmas" :)

Holly Llama said...

What a great gift from nature! Gorgeous photos. :)

Holly Dean said...

Lovely yard, lovely visitors. And thank you for helping me to cool off in this hot, hot, weather :)