It all happened very fast. The first deer cleared the fence before I was out of my chair. But I was at my camera when the second deer started her jump. I could see right away from the markings on her flank that it was the deer I call Lucy.
My jaw dropped in awe at the height she attained in clearing the fence. I'm glad I didn't have to think much about settings and just kept the shutter button depressed while I watched her progress over the fence. The snow is so deep in the backyard. I have a three tier split-rail fence and the snow is up to the second rail. How did she gain such momentum when she started her jump from a standstill?
Making her landing without missing a step, Lucy headed over to the corner where her now-grown fawn was munching on my hemlock tree branches.
But on her way to the corner, she turned and looked me in the eye, in a way acknowledging our connection.
The two deer munched a while together. There isn't much difference in their sizes now.
Before I could capture its movement, the young deer jumped the fence and joined the rest of the pack who were taking a more circuitous route to my feeding stations.
Lucy continued to eat from the hemlock boughs a while longer.
Eventually, she followed the fence line and jumped over to join the other deer. While she was out of my range by then, once again I felt fortunate to have photographed the deer as they enjoyed my yard.