Friday, November 14, 2008

MAGIC AND MAJESTY...

Out of all natures' wonders, the awe-inspiring moon probably captures my attention the most. There is something magical about the moon, especially in all its' glory when full. Last night the moonscape was awesome. My captures are NOWHERE near the power and beauty that actually painted the sky last night! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to accurately capture a perfect photo...the aura around the moon does not show here as it did as I was standing there. The subtle nuances in the clouds and tree silhouettes are lost in my photos. I was so mesmerized by this event that only lasted about five minutes, I took 66 photos, only a couple came somewhere near the real beauty of last night. One of the photos showed a formation of a cross from the tree branches, but the rest of the scenery wasn't good. This aura that formed and lasted just a few minutes was the largest I have ever seen around the moon.



After that, the sky was still breathtaking...



and worth staying out a little longer, just soaking up the moonbeams.



Now for the majesty... this buck was just outside the back of our cabin a couple of days ago, a few other deer were searching for food as well, a little further back in the woods.
Yesterday, I had such a treat. I was watching four deer up close to the cabin. They were munching here and there, then wandered across the front yard. My five outdoor cats were watching and one of them ran out to the deer. I witnessed a little leaping and playing between O.J. and one of the deer. The deer all gracefully walked to the damn of the pond...one walked down to the water and began to drink. Two of my cats went and laid down right next to the other three deer. I was admiring how these two very different creatures were peacefully accepting each other, when I noticed out of the corner of my eye a deer in the distant woods running. All of a sudden, a very large buck ran towards the group, as did the first deer I saw in the distance. One chased three deer away and the large buck very forcefully went after the smallest deer and also chased it into the woods. The two aggressors came back to the pond and the larger buck made sounds that I've never heard before. It was an extremely loud, sick, belching sound. I've heard the snorts before, but not this. My husband said that there were territorial issues going on here.

It's hunting season here, something I dread. It bothers me to hear all the guns going off. There is no hunting allowed in my woods.
One day I witnessed Patches our cat, nose to nose with a small doe. Patches was laying down relaxing and the doe just came up to her. Patches got up slowly and started walking and the doe followed her. The unspoken trust of two different species intrigues me.





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8 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh My, the picture of the moon are just gorgeous. You have out done yourself on these, just wonderful. Sorry to say my son would like to get that buck.

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Lona....Thank you, I wish you could've been standing there with me to see the full effect...these photos don't do the view justice. Your son and alot of other people down here would like this buck! He's mine!

joey said...

Another love we share ... the moon ... so beautifully captured in both your words and photos. Tonight I write from the lake; tomorrow the start of hunting season. I cringe hearing the first shot, echoing across this memorable lake (when four, my father gave me the 'gift of the moon' ~ a beautiful story). I walk beside you each time I visit ;)

Carlo and Clay said...

I find it very hard to photograph the moon, so I appreciate your struggle. But the photos came out beautifully! Also, pretty rare to see a buck around here, so that's really cool, too!
- Jen from Nyack Backyard

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Joey...Thank you, sounds like you have and I share alot of what brings us peace and "calm", as I call it. You have a wonderful memory with your father it sounds. When I look at the graceful, yet majestic deer, I can't even fathom how someone could aim a gun or arrow at this creature and find pleasure in taking its' life. But, I try to understand the "need" for population control, especially in more suburban areas. The area in which I moved from, sharpshooters were hired for control.

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Jen....Thanks for the visit and comments! I am definitely not a photographer, and it shows! I, so wish I could have captured every nuance of that view, I'm sure a better camera would've helped, too. I do enjoy watching the deer around here, especially when they come so close to the cabin!

perennialgardener said...

What gorgeous shots you captured of the moon & sky. I love the first one! Thanks for sharing pictures of the deer with us too! This was definitely a post of magic & majesty!

spookydragonfly said...

Racquel...Thanks for stopping by, my favorite is the top photo also. It was quite captivating out that night.