I’ve got to tell you about something really cool, not cool as in cold, but as in I’m still kind of giddy about this happening to me the other day.
I’ll get to that in a moment, you’ll love it.
But let’s talk about our unseasonable weather for a moment.
We’ve been surprised by unseasonal rain this Autumn, finding ourselves rushing into doorways to keep dry, shaking our heads like wet dogs, and wishing that we hadn’t given away our stash of umbrella’s when we first moved up here.
Not the white stuff, just unseasonable
It’s just Natures way of keeping us awake in the looming darkness of winter. Changing it up when we least expected it. I can hear her now, “you wanted snow so you could slip in some shots for Rural didn’t you?
In between the drops of abundant rain there have been moments of spectacular weather. Sunny, crisp beautiful times that didn’t last all day long, but, [I’m shrugging my shoulders here], you’ve got to make the most of it while it’s available.
Bonus, no snow, great if you weren’t counting on having a few days of the white stuff, so you could get winter white landscape shots. But who’s complaining?
Clear roads mean bike rides in November…we’re starting to think we’ve gone coastal.
I was foraging for evergreens to spruce up the planters for winter when as I drove around the corner a deer bounded out in front of me. It wasn’t too happy, but I was ecstatic, grabbing my cell phone and clicking off shots as it Bambi’d it’s merry way across the field.
Too cool right?
That never gets old.
After that I stopped at a ravine where a coyote ran through the field across me..the sun streaming through the trees, it was a beautiful moment.
I managed to click off a few “that brown dot is a coyote” kind of shots, but the joy is in the sighting isn’t it? It’s not about getting a perfectly clear shot, but in seeing wildlife when you are out doing everyday kind of things.
And it gets even better.
I took the bike out right after that, bundled up with gloves, layers, and down filled jacket. The sun was out for it’s obligatory few hours, and I wasn’t going to waste a second of it.
Wheeled down the road with the recent deer encounter, pushed myself to keep pedalling up towards the hill where the coyote was spotted, and at the top just before the road takes a sharp corner I stopped to catch my breath.
OK, to be real it’s called deep breathing, gasping for air [but who’s being honest]?
This is usually where I turn around, the hill gets higher, there’s that nasty mangy yellow cur of a dog further down the road, which I’ve been avoiding.
Straddling my bike, standing at the side of the road, trying to catch my breath before cresting the hill. Gazing out over the horse farms I noticed there was something bounding around…in a very unhorse like manner.
The steepest part of the curved road lay ahead of me but something made me push myself to get up there as fast as I could.
As soon as I rounded the corner, I realised that it was going to be worth the effort [and heavy breathing].
There was a huge flock, I mean group, no they are called a herd right?
A herd of deer, right there in front of me.
Wild, beautiful, all legs antlers, making their way up the mountain, rambling through someone’s field because that’s what deer do isn’t it? Lots of them, their clicking hooves sounding like thunder on the pavement, antlers rushing, fur flying across the road as fast as they could….herd.
I was right there, scrambling for the cell phone zipped in my pocket, trying to scrape off my gloves with my teeth, gasping for breath, attemping to get the shot.
And watching in awe.
A herd of deer on the road I was biking on, it was a heart racing encounter for all of us.
And the best part? Just when I thought…it’s over, that’s it….they’re gone.
Two enormous bucks leapt onto the road and bounded across the pavement in a couple of strides…up the banking, following the herd as it moved away.
I’m still in awe, I so love living here.
Told you it would be good….
Jen @ The Light Laughed
After a childhood growing up in the suburbs, and spending time in large cities I was yearning for quieter places, although not everyone can live in the country many of us love the idea…if you long for the wide open even while living next door to someone I’ve got the solution.
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