Thursday, March 27, 2014

Do you know where the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?


Another day of scudding clouds and heavy showers. The hawthorns in full bloom.  A solitary doe has left the small herd of females who inhabit the quiet woodland by the stream. For the last few days she's been foraging alone on the small triangle of wilderness between the freshly ploughed field and the ox track. Home a steep sided cavern of fallen trees, moss covered branches and dark shade. This morning I catch a glimpse of her straining upwards to reach the young shoots on a flowering cherry. She moves with a grace that says this is where she was born, as was her mother, and this is where she'll give birth - later today. Maybe tomorrow. A private fortress held on long lease.

9 comments:

  1. I agree, extremely well-written. Thank you. I read you every day, even though I don't comment very much.

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  2. Beautiful indeed. And I look forward to reading about the fawn.
    Cheers,
    Gail.

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  3. And our wonderful world continues to turn.

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  4. Beautiful description Angus, you are so lucky to live in such serene surroundings with deer....continue to appreciate it and share it with us.

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  5. The circle of life is always a beautiful thing and you have described it that way, Angus.

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  6. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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