April Fool's Day 2021

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

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. 

Comments (7)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

And just maybe the rock looked like a deer to the deer and they decided to join it

Apr 03, 2021 10:18 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Interesting thought.

Apr 03, 2021 10:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Chris Ann - the eyes can play tricks and obviously natural camouflage  can lead to many conclusions.  

Apr 03, 2021 10:31 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

My eyes are always seeing something in nothing, it seems.  An abstract pattern to many may be a smiling face in a carpet.  I am still that little girl at heart seeing things in cloud formations.

Apr 03, 2021 11:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Ann,

We had a family of deer that lived in our lower yard below the pool in Los Angeles.  Our cats used to visit with them and commune.  A

Apr 03, 2021 10:40 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Gray Kitty, in his outside years, did the same.  One of my favorite photos to this day was him watching one along our woodline.


Apr 03, 2021 12:13 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Chris Ann, it is wonderful that a deer family visited you on April Fool's Day.

Apr 03, 2021 11:18 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

It's the same things that make a great day.  If you wait for the big things, you can end up empty handed.

Apr 03, 2021 12:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I often see a lot of things in nature that others miss.  I worked over 8 years at a software development company that had a glorious natural setting with all sorts of wildlife that visited.  I miss it.

Apr 03, 2021 05:46 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Our home is situated in a nice natural setting where we see deer, fox, owls, hawks, raccoons and so on.

Apr 04, 2021 08:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Chris-=I had to look closely to finally find the deer!  The eyes do play tricks. We often see them on our walks if we take the time to look for them. They have excellent senses and can hear, smell and see us from a great distance. 

Apr 03, 2021 07:47 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

It's much easier when they are moving to see them.

Apr 04, 2021 08:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Chris Ann loved the photo of the deer now I saw three in the picture how many where there? I am getting old and need new glasses:) on a side note loved the picture you posted in your comment to Alexandra & Ron:) Endre

Apr 04, 2021 05:42 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Your eyes haven't failed you.  There were three.  Another two were in the woods foraging, but you can't see them in this photo.

Apr 04, 2021 08:56 PM