A young doe visited me tonight as I sat on the patio. It was just dusk. I was sitting quietly enjoying the fragrant flowers when she wandered into the backyard, nibbling the hanging plants. It wasn't the first time I've seen her here. Monday night as I rolled the garbage can out to the curb in the dark, she and I startled one another as I discovered her cleaning out the bird feeders in the front yard. She knows where they all are. She made her way to each one in the back tonight as I sat not moving. She even nibbled at the hummingbird feeders, but found them not to her liking. A real bonanza was found where one feeder had been blown out of the tree by today's strong winds, providing a nice stash of sunflower seeds on the ground. She was a bare 10 feet from me. She looked directly at me several times but went on feeding. But when a mosquito landed on my arm, I moved to brush it away. She didn't run right away, but watched me awhile and then walked away slowly.
If I'd followed my earlier instincts, I would have had a camera in my hand. The yard looked particularly pretty tonight and I had almost gone inside for my camera earlier, but hadn't. I almost need to keep that camera with me all the time.
I'm going to have to hang those feeders higher.