The Lure Of Water

I knew it would only be a matter of time before Emma and Ronnie deer ventured off to the old river channel. It was a place Daisy often explored, jumping the fence to find more of the local herd in the milo field across the way, and the main river channel beyond that. Besides the desire to find one’s own kind, it is also natural for wildlife to seek water. I myself have been prone to linger in the tiny drainage area that channels rainwater from the south ridge down into the pecan orchard, and I love to sit under the canopy of trees that branches over the old river channel. Traversing farther to the west during the autumn and winter months, I have also spent time investigating the main river channel area. This narrow water source is a muddy, red color, and the flow of water is strong. I often sit up high on the ledge above the deep channel, taking in the magnificent beauty of the area. However, I rarely venture here during spring and summer months because it becomes a snarl of plant life, and there is always the threat of wild hogs, and snakes when warmer weather arrives.

As I followed Emma and Ronnie early one morning, I could hear geese off to the north of our home. Most days this winter, it has been common to hear them calling as they fly over our property both morning and evening. And, for the past month or so, I have been hearing their honking to the west of us, where I suspected they have been grazing in the open milo fields along the south bank of the river. This morning, as Emma and Ronnie meandered through the willow patch that grows in the drainage area of the orchard, they headed north, poking around for greens. I skirted them along the west edge of the willows, avoiding the low, mucky area where clay-like soil tends to adhere like tar to the soles of one’s shoes. This mud can be very difficult to remove from a human’s shoes, but Emma and Ronnie had no problems with it sticking to their slick hooves and slender legs.

By the time I had carefully rerouted myself on a drier path along the outside of the willow grove, I realized the honking noise was coming from the slough in the pecan orchard, where water is caught after draining through the willows. Here, I could see about twenty geese floating around in the shallow water… that is until Emma and Ronnie showed up and began to play. Slowly, the geese made their way to the east side of the slough, watching from the mucky bank as the deer stirred up the water. Ronnie loved the water most, while Emma spent more time investigating greens along the water’s edge. But there were a few moments where she joined in the fun and took a few playful leaps herself.

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While I photographed the kids antics, I tried to carefully step on bits of grass here and there, but it was inevitable that I would end up with that tarry, thick coating of mud on my shoes. After getting many good shots of Ronnie and Emma at play, I plodded heavily back to the house, leaving the kids to roam the orchard and look for greens to eat. I knew it was going to take a lot of work to pry the thick layer of muck from my shoes, but the trip was worth it. I had forgotten about the slough and how it too was a place that supported nourishment and hydration – and play – for wildlife. This week, heavy rain is predicted and the slough will lengthen in size, bringing the water well back into the willow patch. If I follow Emma and Ronnie back in there after the rain, I will be wearing my Muck boots, I can tell you that for sure!!

Ronnie was the first to venture far into the slough. Emma was content to stay along the edge nibbling greens.
Ronnie was the first to venture far into the slough. Emma was content to stay along the edge nibbling greens.
Ronnie was the last to get out of the water. Deer are very good groomers. Ronnie cleans up after his play time in the water.
Ronnie was the last to get out of the water. Deer are very good self-groomers, and Ronnie cleans up after his play time in the water.

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29 thoughts on “The Lure Of Water

    1. I knew that deer loved to play in water. Even mother does play with their offspring in the water. I remember so many spring rains when Daisy was a fawn, how she loved to hoof and jump in the puddles. I just added a video so you may want to check that out. I completely forgot about the video… my mind isn’t what it used to be! Ha ha!

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        1. It is on YouTube. I go by “littlesundog” and all of the videos I’ve posted on WordPress should be there. I wish I could catch them at the beginning of these playful activities. I miss out on the best video by the time I see them cutting up! 😀

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  1. I feel like I’ve been for a frolic after reading this and watching the video. Some of your still photos show the athleticism very well. I hope they will always have this idyllic life, perhaps with a bit more food available 🙂 Thank you Lori.

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    1. Things are greening up every day, Ardys. Soon they will have plenty to eat. We always keep feed and water down at the bottom of the slope for the deer – but of course raccoons, opossums and foxes help themselves too! I have noticed in just this one week, Emma and Ronnie are becoming lean and muscular. This one week of exercise and strength training through play really shows on them. I am so happy that they are doing well. 🙂

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  2. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I would love to indulge in splashing in the water with the deer, but SOMEBODY has to wash the clothes and I can tell you that mucky mud and red dirt do not come out of clothes!! Ha ha!

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  3. Such a fabulous video. All kids of any species love to play in water. (I do not envy you peeling that red guck off shoes) The geese look resigned. Some animals do know how to take turns and share HA HA
    I’m always surprise how close the cars and houses are to you – but you still have elbow space – and so glad the orchard is yours.

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    1. I am still just giddy over that orchard. It was simply amazing how it worked out for us to purchase it. I had forgotten about that slough… what a wonderful waterway it is for wildlife. I suppose some would view it as a simple mud hole, but it does support a lot of life. 🙂
      No, I did not have a bit of fun scraping that mud off with a stick. The rest of it finally wore off the following day while doing work in the orchard. It’s some gooey muck I tell ya!

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  4. What wonderful pictures and video! You da and excellent job with your camera, the shots with them in the air are amazing! This certainly put a much needed smile on my face! Thank you for your blog!

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  5. That part of your property is near the road. I saw vehicles going past in the video. ( I hope I have not gotten your posts mixed up). I wonder if the drivers can see the deer? These are some great shots and I’m so impressed with your iPhone’s video capability. I know I need one badly to get some vids of my pets. You have inspired even though I hate to spend the money. 🙂

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    1. The iPhone really surprises me with image and video quality. The audio also gets good marks with me. My sister, Jules, purchased a small lens that attaches to the iPhone, when we all took a trip to NYC a couple of years ago. Her iPhone photos with that lens attachment were much better than anything I took with my DSLR camera on that trip. I highly recommend the iPhone (mine is the 5S). That road you see is well-traveled. Yes, people can see them if they are looking, but most of the time people never notice. The deer are well-camouflaged too. I really hope Emma and Ronnie fear the vehicles and do not try to cross. Daisy crossed that road all of the time. We got plenty of calls about her when she was first released. She liked to go to the city park when she was very young. 🙂

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      1. Oh my, Daisy was adventurous. Thanks for the info re: iPhone and the lens attachment. vey interesting. I really would lik to put som videos on my blog so I reckon I had best get busy and spend a some moola. I will not live forever and I might as well give myself some enjoyment. I love photography and I want to get back to it.I plan on getting a newer DSLR with a morfe expensive lens. Hopefully I will remain in decent health and stamina to do the things I love before age makes me infirm, I dread it like the plague.

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  6. Tar. Perfect synonym. One of my very first attempts at gardening after moving to TX was marred by my massacre of a favorite pair of everyday sandals in that gluey red muck! Lesson learned. 😉 Love watching the kids frolic in the slough. What a great ‘get’ that property turned out to be, eh! And some of these photos make it look just like the deer really Walk on Water. 😀
    xoxo,
    Kath

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    1. Hi Kathryn!! If there is ANY chance I’ll be in that part of the orchard or even parts of our immediate ten acres, I don my Muck boots. That tarry clay is really awful to try to remove. And talk about slick… I have fallen on my rump many times trying to walk down a pathway to our bottom, even staying along the edge where it appears to offer good foot-holds. I notice the deer and small mammals must have trouble traversing along the slippery slope, as I’ve seen some tracks with skid marks trailing along. And forget attempting to get stains out of clothing. That is exactly why I wear my worst gardening gear to work outside. I always have a hearty laugh when I see gardening catalogs that arrive in the mail this time of year… women with pastel-colored shirts and cute little capris and sandals with bright-colored gardening gloves. These are NOT real gardeners. Ha ha!!
      You crack me up… I think you must be fearless and attack everything with great gusto! Even salads… I loved you last post!

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      1. I think of catalog photos as being in the same loopy-delusional idealized universe as cookbooks where the pictures are all of impossibly fussy chef creations. No regard for logic or practicality. Or, my favorite, the “serving suggestion” illustrations on food packaging that assume we not only can’t imagine the frozen food in the package thawed, prepared and served—though not, as “serving suggestion” suggests to *me*, telling us how one might garnish or sauce or otherwise personalize the package contents—they also evidently think us too dimwitted to know that the plate and silverware shown are not included in the boxes. Fearless is pretty much the last word anybody would apply to me, a supreme superchicken! But I do have the nerve to believe I can (a) figure out how to heat and eat packaged food without suing the mfr over failure to include utensils, and (b) learn from my misadventures not to go romping around in Texas clay without suitably scruffy clothes and indestructible boots! 😀
        xo

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        1. Ha ha ha!! It is pretty ridiculous to think there are people who do not use logic or practicality in their thinking, especially when they have had the experience and refuse to see the lesson. I am beginning to think this is exactly why the government began promoting fluoride in the city water… it IS toxic and it has dumbed-down the population!! Dumbed-down is much easier to control. Thank goodness I drank well water most of my life!! 😀

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