No, my holidays are not over yet; they are, in fact, just starting, thank goodness, and things are going well. I bicycled today to where I buy Tucker’s insulin. I am grateful that insulin is so easily made these days, and relatively cheap, that it may be purchased at the same location as one buys potato chips and dish-towels. Even so, it is a bit of a distance to ride, especially on a windy day. But there are sometimes compensations, aside from the inexpensive life-saving medicine.
I saw this deer – a mule deer, I believe, to judge from its ears and tail – calmly grazing at a site where ‘modular homes’ are displayed. The concrete path on which I was riding may be seen, to judge how close I was to the animal, and one photograph is included to demonstrate how near she was to the major north-south route. I think she is female, as there are no antlers starting that I could see; I am no zoologist (though I play one on tv), so I could easily be wrong. I think she may be very young, too. She was unperturbed by my presence and looked at the automobile traffic only when a large semi-trailer truck drove by.
The neighbourhood is semi-rural, and I have in fact seen deer right in the heart of the city; I published photographs a couple of years ago of several deer I saw dining in a churchyard on the town’s main street. But this is the closest I’ve been to one.
I hope she returned to her family safely, and lives a long life – at least long enough to make many more, just like her.
(Double-click on a picture to enlarge it.)