Views of the Neighborhood – Deer Check

I thought we would cruise around and check the deer. We have our faithful bus companion, and it is loaded with brunch and bubbly.Views of the neighborhoodPhoto by unsplash

Hop aboard, and let’s see what we can find.

Views of the Neighborhood

Our first sighting is of a mama deer all by herself. I hope everything is okay in the deer household.

Here are a couple of this year’s fawns. Their camouflage spots are beginning to fade.

A young buck wondering what this yellow thing is doing here.

A middle-aged buck having a stroll.

Then there is grandpa. I wonder if we could get him to turn and show us his rack. “Hey, Grandpa.”

Wow. All the previous photos were taken by The Producer. She actually called to the buck, and he stopped and turned. I guess he couldn’t resist a pretty woman.

A whole family taking advantage of the rain refreshed grass. This is the only picture I took on this trip.

Views of the Neighborhood

This is an Axis deer who escaped from an exotic ranch nearby. Originally from southern India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, the axis deer was introduced to Molokai, Hawaii in the 1860s, Maui years after that, and Texas in 1932, intended as a game animal. Some escaped the ranches like this one. There are over 6000 roaming free in Texas. Photo by the Producer.

I hope you enjoyed our little safari. Feel free to refill those containers with bubbly but remember no drinking and driving. Have a safe and healthy week.

78 comments

  1. Great pictures. That was an enjoyable bus ride, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Glad you liked it. 😁

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  2. Lovely journey, John. We have lots of deer in our area as well and every sighting is as though it’s the first — always evokes awe. So beautiful. ♥

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    1. That is so true, Gwen. Especially the bucks since they seem to be out of sight most of the time. Thank you. 😁

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  3. Really cool. Especially that last one. Was he alone or with other deer?

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    1. He was with other white tail deer. They have accepted him as part of the herd.

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      1. Interesting. I was wondering if there was a herd of his kind around or he was a solitary escapee.

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      2. He is the only one. I think he has been around for a couple of years. He is very private though. I think The Producer is a deer witch.

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      3. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was some crossbreeding.

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      4. That I don’t know.

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  4. Terrific deer drive, John! My parents have a number of Axis deer around their home in Boerne. They said they are beautiful. They love watching the deer, particularly the fawns. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. This is the only one here so he is a bit of a celebrity. Have a great week. 😁

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  5. Deer are such graceful creatures. I love to watch them. Kudos to The Producer on her pics!

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    1. She did a great job. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  6. Wow! I can’t imagine having so many deer around the neighborhood. In 15 years, we’ve maybe seen two, even with a lake behind our house. I suppose its because of all of the coyotes around. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Coyotes and golfers. Enough to keep them away I imagine. Thanks, Jill.

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  7. Drinks, snacks and free-roaming wildlife… we can’t expect any more, John!!

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    1. Thanks, GP. We try to please here at camp Howell.

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  8. Wow! What a great collection of deer. We don’t get to see these guys in our neighborhood. I really enjoyed this tour, John. Thanks, and kudos to the producer. I hope you both have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I hope you have a super week too. 😊

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  9. I can’t imagine having deer walking through my yard. How lovely. (Except for the plants, perhaps). Wonderful pics, and the Axis left me gaping. While introduced exotics are generally not a good thing, and tend to upset the nature’s balance, it’s hard to NOT like this guy. (Down here, we mostly get huge Burmese pythons, iguanas, tegu lizards, and the like.) I never even heard of Axis deer. Thanks for the lesson and the beautiful pictures. Now may I please have another glass of virtual bubbly? 😀

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    1. Here you go. The supply of biggly is unlimited. Thank you for the visit, Marcia.

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      1. Virtual bubbly = vubbly. Yeah. I like that. More vubbly, please. 😀 And carry on, my friend. You’re yellow bus tours are great! 😀

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      2. I said biggly. Typo of the day.

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  10. So I guess the ‘Buck stops here”. Or at least for Her.

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    1. Hahaha. So true, Pamela. Good one. 😁

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  11. The Producer takes fabulous pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. She does. Her phone is a later version than mine.

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  12. What a fun trip, John — thank you! I’ve heard that deer can be mean, especially at certain times of the year, but it’s hard to see any meanness in the eyes of the cuties you found. Why, even Grandpa looks more curious (or perhaps appreciative of the Producer??) than angry!

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    1. Yes they are mostly mild except if threatened. Even the does get fiesty.

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  13. Wow! Look at the racks on those males! We have hunters here who would love to take a crack at them – I am not a hunter and never will be!

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    1. I’m not either, Noelle. Yes some of these guys are getting up in age.

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Beautiful deer as shots. I’ve never seen an axis deer, a fun addition to the local deer.

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    1. There you go. Your first axis deer.

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  15. I always enjoy seeing the Axis. They confused me at first, when I saw them from afar; I thought they were overgrown fawns. “Deer check” brought to mind “bed check.” It wasn’t just for camp. My first year of college, bed checks were standard for freshman girls. We had curfews of 10 p.m. during the week, and 1 a.m. on weekends. During the week, it was lights out at 11 p.m. Wander over to UT and ask the young women there what they’d think of that!

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    1. When I was in undergrad all the women had to be in by 10:00 and 1:00 as well. Sometimes those wild rides to the dorm were heartstoppers. I once got trapped in the dorm and had to spend the night. This was not the time of co-ed accomodations either. I looks back and wonder how I ever avoided being thrown out of school or worse. Lots of laughs though.

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      1. Apparently the powers that be never figured out that girls who missed curfew kept from getting in trouble by staying out all night. Their dorm pals would cover for them, sometimes by making a “body” out of towels and clothing under the bed coverings. Today, I find myself suspecting that the dorm mother knew very well what was going on, and was in on the cover-up.

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      2. I think you may be right. 😁

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  16. It’s always fascinating to have the deer that close, isn’t it? And what a magnificent buck!!!

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    1. Al of the bucks don’t come out for me so I think The Producer has some kind of spell.

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      1. She really seem to be a “caller”. Plus an excellent photographer. Kudos to her. 🙂

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  17. The Axis deer are beautiful! They look so proud 🙂

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    1. They do don’t they. Beautiful animals.

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  18. That was a fun ride! The shot of the Grandpa buck is spectacular! Kudos to The Producer!

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    1. Glad you were with us, Jan

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  19. I love seeing animals like that. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Thanks for coming by

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  20. Great photos, John! The young buck looks like a statue. We have a lot of deer around here, too, so it’s not unusual to see them strolling up and down the street. The bus ride was fun also and the bubbly hit the spot. Cheers! 🥂

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Great to have you,

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  21. The Producer did a wonderful job of capturing all the deer. I am still in awe that they just roam around willy nilly like this. Here, it is such a big deal if we manage to glimpse one!

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    1. Folks and deer have been here for quite a while. I think they are pretty okay that they aren’t going to be harmed. Willy nilly is a good way to describe their wanderings. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. I am rather jealous… even though I know they can wreak havoc with one’s garden…

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      2. Most folks plant things they don’t like. They do a fair amount of grazing on the grass. 😁

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      3. Right. Saves on lawnmowing time! And I guess you would plant stuff on the perimeter and the good stuff out of their reach!

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      4. That is the idea although deer can scale a fence almost at will. We put in a privacy fence since they don’t like to jump anything that they can’t see where they are going to land. Pretty smart deer.

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      5. I would definitely put up a fence no one, not deer, not human, could see through, anyway 😉

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      6. My kind of woman. 😁

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  22. Axis deer, huh. Unfortunate nomenclature, what with it’s wartime aggressors and ‘of evil’ connotations… coming over here eating our grass… beautiful though. Personally I’m glad my only issue is with the foxes using my topsoil sacks as sandpits. Deer would decimate my dahlias.
    Oh and the Bubbly bus looks the business. Do you take bookings in South London?

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    1. We could come over there. I’ll keep an eye out for some historical event. A bus load of Yanks is just what South London needs. You are right about the deer in your garden. There would be nothing left.

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      1. Bring them on John. South London is such a melting pot, you’d not be noticed. Mind you, we insist you take a minor Royal in return… it’s only fair…

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      2. Do I have to feed it? (the minor royal I mean)

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      3. They’ve been genetically modified over centuries – we avoid saying ‘evolved’ because that suggests progress- by inbreeding and now their Linnaneus classification is aboreal-twit or commonly treestupid. They live on vacuous platitudes and bullshit delivered on silver platters by flunkies. The only reason they survive as a protected species is they make every prime minister look vaguely competent in comparison. They are Palace trained and will when prompted give their standard call of ‘have you come far’ to every question.

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      4. LOL, Geoff. This is priceless. 😂

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  23. Thanks for the safari, John. Such beautiful animals. It’s hard to imagine how many you have.

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    1. We have about 350 deer in our community. Yes a lot.

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      1. Wow! More than ‘a lot’.

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      2. Yes. They are everywhere.

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  24. All the deer are beautiful, but the Axis deer looks so regal.

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    1. It is a beautiful animal for sure. Thaks, Teri.

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  25. Splendid company, dear John! It should be odd to live in the deer wonderland. 🙂

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    1. It is like living in a zoo. Thanks, Maria.

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  26. That bus may not look like much, but its contents are priceless. I mean . . brunch and bubbly of course.

    These captures are pretty spectacular in their own right, Boss.

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  27. Hi John – we have a lot of deer here, but the males never seem to be out – always the moms and their little ones and teens. Thanks for taking me on your safari!

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  28. Organic lawnmowers and fertilizers, also beautiful to watch. Please pass me a chicken sandwich. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. They are the bst kind of lawn machines. Thanks, Mark.

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