Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 31: A Beautiful Spring Day

Shortly after sunup this morning I spied these deer interacting. They are brother and sister, but are not the same age. The buck is standing in back and will be two years old this June, while the doe will be four years old. He was licking and nibbling the hair on the back of her neck and top of the head and she was enjoying every moment of it.

"Siblings"

They definitely were not there yesterday, but this afternoon the Coltsfoot were in full bloom by a back country road. They are one of the earliest blooming wildflowers in our area and are often mistaken for dandelion.

"Coltsfoot"

Photographing a turkey as he prepared to go to roost brought a fitting conclusion to an exceptional spring day.

"Flying Up"

Turkeys spend the night roosting in tall trees to protect them from predators while they are sleeping.

15 comments:

Bradley Myers said...

Willard that is a fantastic day no matter what time of the year it is. Great photos and a fitting post for as beautiful as yesterday was.

T and S said...

I m yet to get over your images of the turkey in the previous post. This post is beautiful as well especially the first image.

Stacey Huston said...

Great shots Willard. Love the deer.. they have to be so itchy this time of year.. and wonderful photo of the turkey launching as well.. Season opened here today, I am still hoping to get some strutting pics this year, but so far the snow hasn't been cooperating.. stay warm..

Sara G said...

WOW, what great photo's!!
Thanks for sharing

Ranger said...

Great shots. I spent the evening at Meadow Grounds with Jean. Look for a few pics of that this evening.

Philip said...

Willard no1 is very cute bot the last one it looks like he his trying to call someone over :)

Mee mOe said...

Amazing photographs...;)

Abe Lincoln said...

The deer and the turkey are my favorites. I wish I had the lens and then I wish I had the deer and finally a flying turkey.

Shellmo said...

The deer photo touched my heart- I could see their bond - beautiful!

Leedra said...

The deer are so tender, but the turkey is such a great capture.

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Beautiful Creation said...

I've never heard of coltsfoot. They are really pretty. And, I never knew turkeys spend the night roosting in tall trees. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and for teaching us something new. You always provide interesting and helpful info.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Willard. I am trying to catch up with everyone today as I have not had much time lately. hose buck are so lovely but it is a good thing we do not have to groom each other like that. :) Do you know if their teeth moves to assist the grooming? I know this sounds strange but some of our buck species do it. Great action in the turkey shot too.

imac said...

Great captures Willard, and that 1st shot - sooo cute.

DeeMom said...

super shots of all
I especially got a kick out of the Coltsfoot, so I took a walk in our woods, YUP there are there, a welcome sign of spring

Willard said...

Joan,

I have seen them nibbling with the teeth, but it usually seems to be just licking and nuzzling. I suspect they do bite ticks, etc. on one another.