Living the Wild Life | Dear Deer – by Doreen S Damm

Dear Deer

by Doreen S Damm

 

Yearling stopped to smell the flowers in Starkey Park. Photo by DSDamm Photography

Yearling stopped to smell the flowers in Starkey Park. Photo by DSDamm Photography

Dear Deer, While I enjoy nothing more than catching a glimpse of you passing through my lawn, PLEASE don’t eat my grass. And while I feel privileged to have you bring your fawn into my garden, PLEASE don’t nibble on my plants.

If only it were that simple to keep these graceful animals from turning our landscapes into an all-you-can-eat buffet. Most homeowners know this is a losing battle. Our lush green grass and exotic plantings are very appealing to deer. Those who plant deer resistant plants can attest that a hungry deer will eat anything.

Never been faced with this issue myself, I long for the sighting of deer. So much so, that my husband and I hike local trails in the early dawn and drive parks at dusk in hopes of seeing them in their natural habitat. We even started a tradition by writing our Christmas cards in the park. We have been fortunate that each year a family of deer have visited the area around our picnic table and acted as if we were not even there, allowing us to be a part of their daily life, if only for a little bit.

Doe with her fawn in a Heritage Springs neighborhood. Photo by Galye Salamone

Doe with her fawn in a Heritage Springs neighborhood.
Photo by Galye Salamone

Read more about Florida deer at: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/deer/

Getting deer resistant planting ideas at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw137

 

 

Doreen Damm Nature Photographer Wildlife Gardener

Doreen S. Damm

Nature Photographer &

Wildlife Gardener

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