First “X” stories voting reminder . . . and deer

The “X” stories voting block went live a few days ago . . . and this is the first reminder to potential readers and voters (hence the title).

As usual, if you like a particular story, in addition to voting for it — and if you feel like it — forward it to friends and family (and also ask them to read the other stories in case they don’t agree with your opinion).

No matter how you come to the stories, if you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge X-Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

So, deer . . . .

These photos are as fresh as they could be, literally just harvested from my camera, and captured during an impromptu drive through the nearby refuge.

So, like, because deer are jumpy, I stopped the car and turned off the engine (that’s also so the vibration doesn’t mess up the shot). The thing is, I should have stopped literally six or seven inches farther than I did.

Why? Because of that grass seed-head messing up an otherwise decent shot.

“What about the other deer?” you ask.

I have to ask, Bob . . . how do you know about the other deer? Also , before I answer, did you notice the deer is wearing a headset? I’ll get back to that in a moment, but here’s the other deer.

Notice something about that shot? Yup; I happened to park just right so that a branch perfectly obstructed the the eye. Amazing.

Anyway, the headset . . . you can see it better on this photo.

I don’t know what it’s listening to, but it’s obvious they’ve gone digital.

This next photo is included to show the eyelashes (also visible in the previous shots) . . .

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Now, those deer were about 35-40 feet from me and in the woods . . . this next deer was on the side of the road, not 20 feet from me, and didn’t even bother looking in my direction when we stopped across from it. Another car stopped even closer to it. It’s a young deer, I think.

With that lack of fear for humans, it might not live long.

Notice that while it wasn’t looking at me, its left ear was pointed in my direction . . .

Then, suddenly, the ears swung forward and the eyes lost that “I’m just gazing” look  . . .

. . . something got its attention . . .


I looked, but I didn’t see anything of interest in the direction it was looking. So then, I started making noises trying to get it to look at me (vocalizing, whistling, etc.) but to no avail.

Then, I remembered . . . I made a noise duplicating the sound of a small sack of rotten oranges dropped from a plane and hitting the back of an armadillo that had gotten run over by a truck with a MAGA bumper sticker, and . . .

Yup! That particular sound is an attention getter, alright.

Here’s a gallery of the above

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos in recent reminder posts.

So, I’ve been stingy with new posts and even when I do one, they seldom replicate the glory days of lo-o-o-ong posts that took the better part of an hour if one looked at all the photos and read all the words (very few do). For them who miss them days (which, who knows, might yet return), here’s a LINK offering a (long) stroll down memory lane. 

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