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It's no game

Tonight I was coasting on my bicycle on a paved path lined with all manner of bushes on one side. I went around a slight curve, and there stood a deer in its summer coat the color of a new penny, munching on some leaves. I was maybe 10 yards from it. My bike coasts with a mere whisper; clearly, the deer hadn't heard me coming.

We looked each other in the eye. Had I stayed on the right side of the path, I would have been close enough to almost touch it. Instead, I drifted to the left side of the path and continued coasting. The only other thing moving was my head as I watched the deer, expecting it to bolt at any second.

It watched until I was safely past, then resumed munching on the leaves. That's as close as I've ever been to a deer in the wild. The neat part, though, was how it didn't run away.

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penshark
Jul. 4th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
You are on a roll this summer with beautifully-written posts. Thanks for sharing this one.
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 4th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carole. This post came to me like a gift.
sahlah
Jul. 4th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
A magic experience
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 4th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Unforgettable. Whenever I pass that spot again, I'll remember that moment.
nodressrehersal
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
It sounds magical, like that scene with the deer in Stand By Me... except yours was real.

Edited at 2011-07-05 06:08 pm (UTC)
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 6th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Sherry said it was probably because the deer was used to seeing people on the trail. Damn. I thought it was that whole "I won't hurt you" vibe I tried to put out.
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