Summer

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy … for a wall-hopping deer.

Summer is only just arriving down here, but it must have come a little earlier to this deer’s neighborhood.

We’ve been noticing deer poop in the grass, and caught glimpses on the wildlife cam of the jug-eared socialists nibbling nocturnally at the undersized fruit on the pear tree.

But yesterday, in broad daylight, I saw this one stroll casually from the street side of the house right through a neighbor’s gate. From there it was an easy leap into our back yard for a bit of tasty grass and a laydown in the shade.

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10 Responses to “Summer”

  1. R! Says:

    Panhandling deer!
    “Hey buddy, can you spare a buck?”

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Browse away buddy. You earned it!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You have to keep your eyes peeled on the short, fast descents around here. We’re right up against the Sandia foothills and the deer tend to materialize in blind corners, same way they did at mile marker 6 outside Weirdcliffe. That was the spot for the single-car rollover, if that’s your idea of a good time.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yep. I had a few interesting moments descending NM-4 out of the Jemez or Camp May Road down from the Pajarito Ski Basin up in Bombtown as the deer and elk tended to cross without looking both ways. And of course the time I heard this rumbling on NM4 between White Rock and Ancho Canyon and stopped just in time to not be run over by a herd of elk crossing the road.

        I much prefer those scenerios to the witless motorists in Fanta Se, though.

        Happy Solstice, all!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Same thing here, especially the Garden Canyon descent on Ft. Huachuca. Haven’t done it in many years. Saw hooves right in front of my face on time on that descent from a deer coming out of the side of the dirt road I was on. Up in Ramsey canyon, javelina are the usual road blocks. How are you and the O’Grady clan holding up these days?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We’re ticking along. The atmosphere has been vile up here, thanks to all the fires — we’ve had air-quality alerts for three-four days now — but at least we and the deer are on top of the lawn to breathe it. How about you folks?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Just fine down here. Some smoke from the Bighorn fire, but not yet enough to irritate to snot locker. Going to be a hot week though. Near or at 100 until next Friday.

      • JD Says:

        Smoke from down your way totally gone thanks to the cold front that came through the Bibleburg area.

        So……..get your rear-ends outside and spread out and enjoy the Solstice!!!! 🙂

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          We got out for 90 minutes of hills today, and it was right nice, but the next few days are looking stupid-hot. It’ll be exercise early or not at all!

          Meanwhile, we missed the neighborhood bobcat’s walk-through. A neighbor texted us but we were eating dinner and not paying attention to the phone. This dude was a regular for a while and then took a break. Nice to hear he’s around and about again.

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