It was an early, early morning in South Dakota. I was walking this hiking trail to Little Devil’s Tower. It is not often that I get to hike as I often have my four legged companion in tow. Many places like the one I was in, they do not allow pets on trails. Anyway, I fully chose to take advantage of this traveling freedom. It is no offense to the zone, but I do love my hikes.
As I was walking, the sun was beginning to shine in its brightest early morning glow. I was the only hiker on the trail, so I had the sun and the nature to myself. I remember first seeing the sun just beaming through the trees and having this sense of peace. This sense of confidence. This is of something greater. I often get in touch with my inner self, but this was a deeper spiritual connection. I disregarded it as the man above and I are not always on the same page.
I worked my way up the trail. Rocky hills, it becoming apparent how out of shape I had allowed myself to become. Still, I trudged on. Then I reached this grassy area where three mule deer stood in the dewy grass, grazing on the grass and leaves. I had saw one further back, but these three were closer and in better light.
As I stopped, I raised my camera and began to take some shots. As I did, this beauty walked towards me with dowy eyes just staring me down. My heart warmed, for whatever reason. Again, a feeling that I can honestly say I’ve never experienced.
He walked to only a few feet in front of me and we just stood there staring at each other for a moment. The little guy then walked a little closer and began munching on a plant in front of me. I continued to respect his space, but did shoot a couple of more pictures. That is a slight under estimate, as it was more than a couple…I was in awe and wanted to capture the moments so rare.
Sorry for the longer post. Hope you didn’t mind. Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Montana Rose Photography