June 25, 2013

Bruce, Hermione and June

Our yard is a forest animal's dream. It's got trees, grass, a pond stocked with fish and plenty of wonderful-tasting plants. I'm convinced that animals come from all over the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area to visit. The other evening I looked out our back window and noticed a deer, a giant bunny, a pair of doves, a pair of cardinals and a squirrel. "It's like a real life Sleeping Beauty out there," I told Beth.

A couple of months ago, a doe (a deer, a female deer) started poking around our yard. The next day, a young male deer, antlers just budding, hung around for an hour. They came back every few days or so until our mulberry tree did it's thing. Mulberries must be wonderful because the deer were back - separately - every day for hours on end. We named the male deer Bruce (after Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden) and the doe Hermione (duh).

On Saturday, home between swim meets and additional pool time, I passed by the back window and saw something that made my heart explode. Hermione. And her fawn. We named her June after a quick look at the calendar. Hermione waltzed around finding mulberries while June turned our backyard into a racetrack, sprinting around on legs way too big for it's body that it had obviously just learned to use. It lasted about 15 minutes and then they were gone. We like to think that Hermione brought June to meet us. Maybe to say thanks for the mulberries.

You're welcome, Hermione.

Posted by Chris at June 25, 2013 7:20 AM

That is just an amazing picture in my mind! It's nice to see when the touches of true nature reach into our urban lives.

Posted by: Kellie at June 25, 2013 9:25 AM

Wonderful post! I, too, am lucky to have deer come to visit - they like the wooded area across the street from my front yard. Just as long as they don't eat my hostas, they're welcome any time.

Posted by: Heather at June 25, 2013 10:08 AM

Not Lily, James (or Severus), and Harry....?

Posted by: alektra at June 25, 2013 3:14 PM

you've had such cool stuff happen this week! this story is so wonderful, plus that picture of the kids that you wrote about the other day. i love it all!

Posted by: kati at June 25, 2013 8:42 PM

Love this!!!

Posted by: Kristin at June 25, 2013 9:13 PM

Wow. That's awesome!

Posted by: Leah Wilcutt-Henson at June 26, 2013 12:29 AM

Awwww. It's been quite a morning. Between Texas and DOMA and this . . . my cold heart warmed up several degrees.

Posted by: Mindy at June 26, 2013 12:22 PM