I thought to myself - piece of cake! those deer are ALWAYS around. Even though we live in a densely populated area of town, they - and all their cousins - stroll the streets and make themselves comfy in our yards. Get a couple of pictures? No problem-o.
But what I was forgetting was that deer are primarily nocturnal. And my camera is a point-and-shoot beginner model.
Mind you, the deer do come around at twilight sometimes. And just yesterday my husband saw them in our back yard in broad daylight. Being somewhat of a nocturnal person myself, though, I was not awake at the time, and I missed my chance.
But the way I finally got a photo - not a great one, but interesting in its own right - was by forgetting to turn off the deck lights one night last week. It's been hot here, and when I went upstairs to open the windows, I saw that there were two deer right beside our deck, and they were quite visible in the floodlight.
You can bet I ran downstairs, grabbed my camera, and ran back upstairs again.
And then had to catch my breath, because the camera kept giving me that little shaky-hand icon.
By the time I had taken a couple of practice shots, the deer had decided to groom each others' necks. Unfortunately, they had also moved from bright light to half-shadow.
Like I said, not a good photo from a technical standpoint, but one I suspect I'll never have the chance to take again.
|The deer are not striped - the dark vertical bands are the shadows cast by the deck railing.|
And I'll keep trying for a daytime shot, Elephant's Child! One of these days ...