Wildlife: Up Close and Personal

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Ann called almost inaudibly from the kitchen. It almost seemed as if she were trying to talk without even moving her lips.

Finally I made out what she was almost saying: turkey. Right. Here.

I grabbed the camera and got a few mostly bad shots, because the window glass reflection played havoc with the autofocus on the lens. There was practically no light, so the ISO got pushed to 800. I can say this: this is the best picture of a turkey I’ve ever taken. Because it is the ONLY picture of a turkey I’ve ever taken.

Ah, wildlife. Thursday, driving to work, I hit a deer. It came up out of a ravine and was maybe 20 feet away when I hit the brakes hard, and the deer the same way–broadside. Thankfully, I had slowed enough that I didn’t go up and over the deer, which probably would have turned me into the ravine.

The deer didn’t tumble, but instead slammed hard into the bank, staggered and ran back infront of the car AGAIN. I slammed on the brakes AGAIN. And the deer bounded back down into the ravine along Union Valley Road, and I feel certain is still out there somewhere, not feeling so very good.

And the Subaru: a few coarse deer hairs under the license plate frame. That’s all. This time.

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2 thoughts on “Wildlife: Up Close and Personal”

  1. yikes! i hate to admit, but i have totalled two cars b/c of wildlife…one a deer and one a bear…both in western MD where i commuted home late at night from the children’s home i worked for.

    the bear i never even saw b/c it was a black bear and it was pitch black outside….it hit me at an angle and didn’t pass in front of the car- and then, of course, i get out and wonder around in the dark trying to figure out what i had hit. not very wise!

    they ended up approving a bear hunt just for one season b/c our area was so overpopulated with them. is saw them at least once a week walk in front of my car on the road home.

  2. Yikes! Didn’t that turkey know he ought to lie low around Easter?

    Too bad about the deer. We see them all the time around here, but so far I have avoided hitting any.

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