This is deer season and they’re out, especially the males since they are aggressively seeking mates.
What does that mean for us? We need to be careful driving. Deer can cause serious accidents and motorists as well as their passengers have been killed because of deer suddenly veering out into highways and streets.
And it can happen anywhere, not just the rural areas. A little girl was killed within Nashville city limits a few years ago when a deer collided with her family’s car.
Another note is it is often hard to see them even in the daylight. They blend well with their surroundings.
However, for all the danger they cause, deer are still amongst some of the most beautiful creatures in my opinion. Last October, I saw a group of about six or seven of them beside a country road in Hickman County, Tennessee. I was driving down there to visit friends at their vacation home.
I had the satellite radio blaring the Louis Armstrong version of “I’m on my way to a heavenly land,” one of the lyrics from the exquisite opera, Porgy and Bess. It was high noon and a gentle breeze was whistling through the golden trees. Just as I thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful, I turned into a dirt road and then I saw them.
They were simply standing beside the road at the edge of the glistening woods and I had to stop the car. I just needed to look at them for a few minutes because they are so breathtaking. Could this be a preview of heaven?
We can take the time to savor them but we still need to remember we’re probably trespassing in their habitats. Or at least that’s probably their opinions. They don’t know gates, walls and fences say otherwise and they don’t care.
We need to keep our eyes peeled at least for the next month or so. That will keep us safer and who knows, we may get the chance to see one of the Lord’s most beautiful creatures up close.
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