Saturday, December 19, 2009

Buck in the Garden


Buck deer in our garden.
(Photo:  Marvin Smith on 12/01/09)


More deer than normal have visited our garden this fall and winter. Most are females. I've counted as many as nine does browsing in our garden area at the same time. Bucks are usually more shy and careful. They seldom emerge from the woods' edge and come into the open garden. This buck was more bold -- or foolish. Keeping deer out of the garden is something we try very hard to accomplish in spring and summer, but enjoy seeing them close to the house in late fall and winter.




What the buck really wants is a chance to sample our strawberry plants.





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13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great photos of the buck. They are cute critters.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great photo Marvin. I don't doubt the deer want the strawberries. I bet they are as good to them now as they are to us in berries. Cheers.

i beati said...

tremendous photo feel like I'm there..sandy

rinzonelle said...

Nice Catch. Love your critter. Hope you can find time to visit mine.

ellen said...

Nice entry for camera critters. Mine is up. Hope to see you there. God Bless!

jeannette stgermain said...

Glad you are protecting your strawberries (and other plants) from all the critters that like to sample them!
Have a delightful and merry Christmas, you and your wife.

tess said...

Love it. You make the Ozarks look enchanting to this New Englander.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Strawbrries are one thing I would never share Marvin, not even with this beautiful creature. :)

Kim said...

Great pictures Marvin. I would love to see deer in my yard but haven't yet. The buck is so handsome.

Dave said...

Lucky you to have these visitors. Sorry about the strawberries. Merry Christmas!

Q said...

He is a handsome one!
I have a few deer come into my city garden. They always surprise me.
Hope you and Jo have a Happy Holiday.
Looking forward to 2010.
Sherry

laughingwolf said...

mmmmmm xmas venison on the hoof! ;)

merry christmas to you and yours, marvin

Wren said...

Like you, we usually see does and fawns rather than bucks - only one buck in 4 years, but he was a beauty.

If your visitors are being selective about the strawberries, they're much pickier eaters than ours. :)