Catching Nature as it Happens
Attentively SpottedTwo fawns enjoying a spring day. This shot, involving two spotted fawns, was one of those spontaneous opportunities that couldn't be passed up. In my daily work schedule, I sometimes have to travel between two warehouses. This happened to be one of those trips.
As I travel, there usually isn't much to see, especially when the leaves start to appear on the trees. By that, I mean that the birds are now able to hide within the foliage. Typically, near the Grand River, I will see a red-tail hawk or a blue heron. Those are fun to stop and watch, as well as photograph. I am always looking though; looking for something to pop out at me before I enter the industrial area of Jackson Michigan. This particular day yielded something that was equally fun to watch and capture: Three fawns playing in a small grassy field across the street from a factory.
As I drove past, I noticed they weren't startled by the passing vehicles, which made me think that the parent was nearby. I safely maneuvered to the side of the road, waited for traffic to clear, and made a U-turn. I was hoping that by parking across the street I wouldn't cause them to run. I have made it a habit to ALWAYS carry my camera, so I opened my bag and found that the lens I wanted to shoot with was already attached. That made for a quick setup.
I exited my car and began photographing from in front of it. The fawns became curious, and started to walk toward me, which would have put them into harm's way. That wouldn't have made for a good picture, so I lowered the camera, waited for traffic, and then crossed the street. The small deer were startled by my direction of travel and made their way back into the center of the field. Upon crossing, I moved away from them. One of the fawns had made its way to an opening in the woods, while the other two remained in the field. These were those two. They were still on alert at this point, but slowly decided that I wasn't a threat.
After about 20 minutes of photographing them, I figured I ought to continue on to my destination. When I started to make my way back to the road, the doe half-way exited the woods, stomped her foot twice, and the fawns ran into the woods, followed by their mother, after a brief period of time as she watched me. The session was over, but I was able to capture this image in all of the excitement. They were, as I titled it, Attentively Spotted.
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