Every time we take a trip over to our Hundred Acre Woods, we see many deer. Every time, I take my camera, and every time, the deer are way too fast for me to get a photo focussed and snapped. Whitetail deer are lovely, lithe creatures. They are tall, but oh, so graceful. By the time we spot them in the woods, they have turned to run and all we can see is their bright white tail sticking up like a plume, dancing across the bramble as they run and jump over logs. They are almost silent as they nimbly escape through the woods.
I am sure that if I just parked myself in the woods, quietly, for an entire day with camera in hand, I would have a much better chance of snapping a photo. However, a trail camera is a much more efficient tool and the price is definitely worth a day of sitting still, waiting.
This past Saturday, we placed a trail camera on one of the upright posts of our platform tent in the woods. The tent sits in a clearing, at the edge of our Field of Dreams, that is frequented by our deer population. In the summertime, the naturalized patches of thick grass, thistle, honeysuckle, and milkweed are the perfect bedding areas for the deer population... offering a safe and secluded area in which to raise their young. We often see fawns playing in the mowed pathways that criss-cross that field. This area is a popular grazing area.
In three days time we were rewarded with 1200 photos of one, two, three deer at a time. Most of the photos were snapped in the twilight and nighttime hours, although a few brave souls walked through the area in the morning.