When Daisy deer was just a wee fawn, I did not yet have an understanding of the influence pure instinct had on so many of her actions and mannerisms. Often, I reveled in the moments when she gently licked my arms and neck, or the times she would join me, close by my side while I worked. In my human way of thinking, I felt this was her way of showing love. But, when she began raising her own fawns, I realized her gentle licking was actually an act of mutual grooming… a bonding time between mother and baby. Not only does mutual grooming serve the purpose of bathing in areas that each could not mange by themselves, it also helps to imprint individual scent.
Yesterday morning, I was fortunate to follow Daisy and Spirit around the woodlands of our immediate area. Several times, Spirit walked close to Daisy and began the mutual grooming process. Though I had many obstructions to dodge with my camera lens in the depth of the woodlands, I still managed to capture many good photographs depicting the bonding ritual in every bit of its tenderness and caring.
I wish you all the happiness and caring that comes with this special day – earmarked by humans as a day for expressing love. For all of us, this should be more than just a gesture to spouse or family… love reaches far beyond that with friendships and masses of people… and yes, with Nature too. Let this Valentine’s Day, as we should with all days, be about a connection of open hearts and loving acts of gentleness and kindness.
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