One of my favorite parts of the summer months is that it is the time of the year when fawns begin to discover the world around them and slowly start to step out of their mothers’ shadow. The same shadow which has kept them safe since the moment they were born. These beautiful creatures will rely on their mother's sustenance, guidance, and protection throughout the summer months gaining knowledge, agility, and speed by the fall in order to survive the winter months. Their fall graduation attire will be a new gray-brown coat that will replace their infancy spots. Even after graduation, the young deer may stay with their mother for several years continuing to learn from her.
In all this beauty, people tend to want to be as close as possible. When viewing bears, coyotes, moose, elk, or other large animals normally there is a sense of fear that people experience. There is an instinctual warning to stay back to secure safety from the predator. Since deer are prey in the animal kingdom, fear is not normally the initial response felt when people encounter them. The important thing to remember is that while we do not feel stressed, we can cause stress to the fawn and new mothers by trying to get up close and personal to see those big and beautiful doe-eyed creatures. Remember, observe wildlife from a distance and use the zoom on your camera to get close. It will keep the animals calm and help you in capturing a photo of them acting natural in their environment.
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