Natural Beauty That Will Never Be Miss America or Miss USA

I hate to harp on this subject again, but with the upcoming Miss USA pageant advertisements on TV, I feel disgusted by the superficial hype of what Americans consider real beauty. The irritation of it all feels like a sliver of wood jammed under my skin. Who are these people who equate beauty with a drop-dead gorgeous body, glossy long hair, layers of makeup, painted nails, and sequined gowns? I suppose that if that is what floats your boat, then great, but I believe that what a person lives and breathes in their soul is what truly reflects beauty. So, if living and breathing cosmetics, wearing the latest style clothing, and saying all of the pretty things the judges and people want to hear is what blows your sequined gown up, then go for it!

Peeking from underneath Daisy's udder!
Peeking from underneath Mama’s udder!
Like many mammals, the baby does not have the ability to relieve itself on its own for the first few weeks so the mother stimulates it by licking. The doe will lick the urine and feces from the fawn while she’s nursing and ingest it. This keeps the fawn from being detected by predators. The mother can also detect what might be lacking in the fawns diet. Daisy will know what plants to eat to give Heidi the nutrition she needs.
Like many mammals, the baby does not have the ability to relieve itself on its own for the first few weeks so the mother stimulates it by licking. The doe will lick the urine and feces from the fawn while she’s nursing and ingest it. This keeps the fawn from being detected by predators. The mother can also detect what might be lacking in the fawns diet. Daisy will know what plants to eat to give Heidi the nutrition she needs.
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No mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil or lip liner on this little beauty! No store-bought, sequined gown… Heidi’s mama made this coat herself!

It took me three days of traipsing around after Daisy deer this week, to finally catch up with her fawn. This little girl is most excellent at hiding, which is what inspired my friend Ruthie to suggest the name “Heidi”, for this new baby. Daisy has not been helping me achieve photographs either. She leads me on a wild chase all through the highly humid, insect-infested (mostly mosquitos) woodland bottom, until she’s ready to feed her little charge. I have waited patiently, swatting bugs, and sweating profusely. I have walked up and down the slope, through trees and all sorts of unpleasant vegetation, trying to watch out for spider webs, snakes in trees, and other creepy, crawly critters on the ground.

Then, one morning after returning home from running errands in a nearby town, the trunk loaded down with bags of corn and deer feed, I spotted Daisy as I pulled the car up in the driveway. She was in her old deer pen and seemed to be acting secretive, so I did not even bother unloading the car, but rather dashed inside the house for my camera and took off after her. Daisy did her usual loitering around, acting nonchalant, nibbling a little of this and that, and making sure to urinate and leave her mark in her old stomping grounds. In a few minutes though, she made her way to my mom-in-law’s backyard. Sure enough, Daisy was mooing around in the iris beds in the same area she hid Spirit and Rowdy when they were little.  Pretty soon, I noticed Daisy had that “look” she gets while nursing – head up, looking alert, but not moving a muscle. I moved around to get a better angle, and noticed Heidi peering from under her mother’s udder.

Daisy keeps an eye on Heidi as she ventures my direction.
Daisy keeps an eye on Heidi as she ventures my direction.
Already Miss Heidi is on high alert, taking in her surroundings and listening intently!
Already Miss Heidi is on high alert, taking in her surroundings and listening intently!
Passing by me just a few feet away, Heidi looks back as if to say, "Hurry up Mama!".
Passing by me just a few feet away, Heidi looks back as if to say, “Hurry up Mama!”.

I considered myself very lucky to get a few photographs of Daisy’s new baby that day. I kept a good distance but, thanks to my zoom lens, still managed to get closeup shots. Daisy did not waste a lot of time in the iris beds, and soon took another path through thick vegetation before taking off on a quick trot across the pasture, with Heidi running lickety-split behind her! I followed them down the hill near the burn pile and on down into the bottom where Daisy licked and groomed Heidi, who still seemed interested in nursing. After a thorough cleaning and a little bonding time, Daisy made her way up to the knoll overlooking the woodland bottom. This was Rowdy’s favorite spot to bed down when he was little. Thinking back to last year, a bit of sadness tugged at my heart. Rowdy would have been a year old this week. But then I think of the joy it brings to see Spirit, now as a yearling, so strong and confident. We spotted her in the pasture one night recently, and have sometimes seen her grazing on the lower clover patch in early mornings. And now Daisy has another little miracle to be her companion for another year. Ah, the circle of life goes round and round!

As I sat at my computer looking back over the photographs I had managed of Miss Heidi, I was taken aback by the beauty of this little fawn. I marveled at the changes in her over just the last week. For comparison, I also looked back at photographs of Rowdy and Spirit. Heidi’s eyes are a deeper blue, and her markings were much different from her half-siblings’. Perhaps she was more a replica of her father, where Spirit and Rowdy looked more like Daisy. I wondered about the buck that Daisy sought out those four days she had disappeared last November. Was he one of the five we had seen together over the harder winter months, or maybe even the king of them all who stayed hidden in the deep woods? Oh well, none of that mattered really. Eventually, Heidi will show us her personality, and her features will change and it will not matter who she resembles or what kind of genes created her. To me, she is a beauty regardless. Just like her mother, and her siblings, and countless other relatives in the local herd who frequent the woodlands and beyond.

Daisy moo's and they're off across the pasture!
Daisy moo’s and they’re off across the pasture!
Mama and baby head to the woods.
Mama and baby head to the woods.
Daisy stops short of the woods to check for danger, then ambles down the slope, Heidi following.
Daisy stops short of the woods to check for danger, then ambles down the slope, Heidi following.

Whoever is chosen as Miss USA on Saturday evening, will, in my opinion, never hold a candle to the natural beauty that resides here in our woodlands. And I will not be spending my time watching the pomp and parade of it on television that night. Likely, I will be out watching for Daisy and Heidi, or perhaps Spirit, to travel down the woodland path. As I wait on our back porch, I will watch the sun set and listen to the birds put out the last calls of the day. I will observe the little bats welcome the evening sky as they fly helter-skelter just above the top of the slope, and then listen to the whisper of the gentle breeze in the trees as stars begin to twinkle above. Yes, nature’s pageant of beauty is timeless, perfect, and unspoken. And those who listen, will not only see her beauty, they will know and live her passion.

Daisy takes a little time to groom and bond with her baby girl. Soon she will lead Heidi to the knoll above the burn pile and bed down together for the afternoon.
Daisy takes a little time to groom and bond with her baby girl. Soon she will lead Heidi to the knoll above the burn pile and bed down together for the afternoon.

© 2014 Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…

 


61 thoughts on “Natural Beauty That Will Never Be Miss America or Miss USA

  1. How blessed you are! I totally agree. Daisy, Spirit and now Heidi would beat out any contestant I have ever seen in any beauty contest. Heidi is absolutely adorable. I would be so bad, I would so want to domesticate them and I know that would be awful for them. Much better for them to live the way the good Lord provided for them. But, it’s good to know, you and HD are there watching over them. After all, the good Lord provided you guys for Daisy!

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    1. Aw, Barbara, you would do the right thing and allow them to be wild. In our hearts, when we watch wildlife yearn to be free, we know it is the right thing to allow. I watched Daisy for so many months in the deer pen, pacing to be free. Even when injured Holly deer came along, it was apparent they both were waiting for their time to run wild. Yes, you would do the right thing. You would know in your heart and you would FEEL it, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Aw, sweet Heidi! I love that name. And I’d forgotten that their eyes are blue at first — how beautiful. And her little nose too….oh my gosh, what a darling she is!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. FD was further out in the woods today and saw a set of twin fawns nestled in a few weeds in a small meadow. I was amazed at how well camouflaged they were in sandy soil with sparse cover. Cute as they are, their ability to blend in is amazing.

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  3. What a gorgeous blue-eyed baby!! Who knew fawns have blue eyes?? I have swatted and sweated profusely while trying for wildlife shots so I admire your perseverance! The results speak for themselves. I’ll choose a spotty coat over sequins any day!! Wonderful post.

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    1. Thanks! I can’t remember how long it is before their eyes change to the darker brown. That might be something to remember this year as I’m taking photographs!

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  4. Stunning photos of Miss Heidi! I don’t care much about Miss USA, I am more interested in seeing California Chrome trying to win the Triple Crown on Saturday. Although I am not a huge fan of horse racing, the horse has had a good story. I guess I am a fan of all types of animals!

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    1. I’m with you Nathan! FD and I are hoping California Chrome takes the triple crown too, and it surely is an amazing story. Those folks are common like many of us here… it does me good to see ordinary people make the big time. I’m not too fond of any animal being used for monetary purposes but that is the way of the world unfortunately. I hope that California Chrome is like Secretariat was… he loved to run!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, her eye color will become a dark brown in time, but I can’t think how many months it is before that occurs. There is much to learn about fawns, and mama doe’s and the life of a deer. I am learning all of the time! 😀

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  5. Little Heidi is beautiful, she’s got the most stunning eyes! I just marvel at the beauty that surrounds you at your home, you are so blessed to be living your dream amongst nature! Great post, lovely pics.

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    1. Thank you Jules. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people might glance at this place and not see the beauty we do though. I think in many aspects of our lives we see things superficially, and we might miss the real beauty and character that is only found looking deeply. Beauty in nature – just is. You won’t find Mother Nature fussing about each morning getting ready for the day with much ado! 🙂

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  6. Stunning pics! Just the look from little Heidi in that one where she’s looking back at you. Wow.
    As for the Miss USA or whatever, as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing more beautiful than a woman showing the world who she is, with the face God gave her, no make-up, no hair dye, no plastic surgery, no fancy clothes. Just the honesty of her self, no trying to impress anyone because she doesn’t have to, she knows who she is. A woman who knows her strengths, her weaknesses, and knows that who she is is more important than all the paint, powder and frilly silly garments in the world. With a heart full of love and a soul that sings.

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. I love the way you say “discomfort” is a gift. It truly is, and I never thought of it that way. What a lovely thing to say, my deer sweet friend!

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  7. Daisy and Heidi are beauties worthy of a flower crown!
    And remember. . It isn’t a ‘beauty contest’ it is a ‘scholarship program’ (taken from the Sandra Bullock movie Miss Congeniality) Haha!

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    1. Ha ha ha! I had forgotten all about that movie! I just think these pageants are silly, and send the wrong message about living life. We teach our kids to be competitive, to be the smartest, most beautiful, most talented, most athletic… and yet nature knows none of that. To me, beauty is to be appreciated – not rewarded or sought after.

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  8. There is nothing natural about the “beauty” that will be on parade in that pageant. It’s all about starving, preparing for years, wearing the “right” clothes, the “right” designer, the “right” bathing costume, the “right” makeup, saying the “right” things in order to fit a tight stereotype of what “beauty” is perceived to be this year. SO glad I was born plain and this whole beauty rigmarole was whisked away from me as a child. I never had to compete, I never had to worry about it and was able to just be me. My partner won’t be leaving me as soon as my beauty fades because it wasn’t ever there…my relationships were born of mutual friendship and so much more than skin deep. I actually feel sorry for those who truly believe that the beauty industry is someplace that they would like to hang around for any length of time. You end up looking like that terrifying cat woman and constantly needing to look in the mirror! Have fun suckers! 😉

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    1. Ha ha ha! Well said, Fran. I know plenty of glam women and even men who get caught up in all of that. I know everyone has to have their experience in life, so I cannot say a thing. The beauty is already there… but society will always be feeding us a line about what we should be doing or how we should look. It’s all about crazy money. It doesn’t stop with cosmetics, surgery and clothes… there are vehicles and houses and “stuff” that give a false sense of success. That is why nature is my place to hang out and enjoy. Even those critters (or plants for that matter) with handicaps and quirks don’t feel odd or unaccepted. A flower and a weed are the same – they put off a flower, produce seeds and scatter in the wind. Only humans make labels and compete, and stomp on each other to have the most and the best and end up thinking they’re top dog.

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        1. Yes, it is, but I remind myself that people go through all sorts of experiences before they make realization about themselves. And when you think about it, much of society is geared this way – it is what is taught to our children. Undoing or hoping for realization is often overwhelming for me. How many generations of women have succumbed to the idea that we need to look and dress a certain way? Nature reminds us over and over again that living simply and being healthy provides a good life. Acts of love and kindness always take us on a journey to happiness and joy.

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          1. Acts of love and kindness are what truly make the wheels of society go round. You can forget about commerce, it’s how we treat each other that really matters and makes a society worth living in at the end of the day 🙂

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  9. I almost want those pictures to hang on my walls. Heidi is beautiful. The picture with those eyelashes is breathtaking. Thank you for taking the time to keep up with the dear deer.

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    1. Oh, you are welcome to print the photos if you like. Nature provides the beauty… I just happen to be at the right place at the right time! Heidi is certainly a beautiful creature.

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  10. She has such deep blue beautiful eyes! They are quite startling. I would much rather observe the beauty of the natural world around me than watch a beauty pageant and wish I looked like a plastic doll with probably not much personality to go with it! Wonderful photos as ever Lori 🙂

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  11. Thank you – again – for the ‘talking photos’.
    You have hit the proverbial nail on the head with your comments on the “Miss America” contests. What a criminal waste of time. I find is disgusting people spend millions on such events when they could just as well go around exploring our beautiful world! Shame!

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  12. I have again been away too long. You however have been very busy with your camera and Daisy Such a gift you give to us, Lori! So glad to call you friend.

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    1. Thank you Lynda. I too have been busy – it’s just that time of year, and you have much going on with the mountain farmlet too! I know the day will come when FD and I make a long driving trip to come visit so that we can see your little slice of heaven. I can’t wait for the day.

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