April Fool's Day 2021
For years since clearing out the brush in our back yard (which was the right of the leaning tree and beyond to the right,) I have had a psych out moment of seeing a rock that looked like one single deer lying in our back yard. Deer sightings are not unsual in our back yard. However, they are usually passing through, or stopping to stand and munch on something.
The morning of April Fool's 2021, I pulled up the blinds in our dining room to let in the sun and there, right before my eyes, was a family of deer resting in my back yard. Before I snapped the photo above, I noticed one of them standing, then, as deer sightings tend to go, I noticed four more lying in the brush. Deer have a way of disappearing into their natural surrounding and you have to look for movement. The twitch of an ear, the swish of a tail, or slight turn of the head. They seemed to be enjoying the peace and quiet of no air compressors running and being able to catch all the sun's rays in the open area.
It was an interesting occurrence for April Fool's Day, being that I had been fooled by that darn rock so many times. And even when I was continuing to glance out of different windows, I could no longer see the rock formation that looked like a deer. It was there, but with erosion around it, looked less like a deer than it ever had. Of course, there was the real deal within twenty feet, so perhaps the likeness was mostly in my own head, optimistically shaped into what I wanted to see, like a kid lying on their back looking at cloud formations and seeing all kinds of things.
What a pleasing feeling that the deer felt safe enough in our back yard to lie down and stay for a couple hours.