Truly, there is magic in fairy tales. For it takes but a simply-uttered ‘Once upon a time…’ to allure and spellbind an audience.
~ Rachelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
The unrealistic nature of these tales (which narrowminded rationalists object to) is an important device, because it makes obvious that the fairy tales’ concern is not useful information about the external world, but the inner process taking place in an individual.
~ Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment
Two weeks ago, the day after it snowed, the young ones from our herd of deer were out and about, exploring and munching on the grass and the forsythia bushes and probably other shrubs and immature trees we would rather they didn’t eat. There are three fawns, their spots gone and now wearing their winter coats. One of the fawns spied the Great Blue Heron sitting under a loblolly pine by the bank of the pond. Heron had been moving from spot to spot, enjoying the warmth of the sun, when Curious Fawn came along, wondering what to make of this great, feathered creature with the long, thin legs and the long, thin neck and the sharp bill.
Sensing that Heron might be a bit standoffish, Curious Fawn lowered her head in the deer version of a curtsy to let Heron know that she meant no harm. Heron, however, is known to be a loner with little use for others. He fluffed out his feathers and leaned forward, warning Curious Deer to come no closer.
Curious Fawn, being both young and curious, did not heed Heron’s warning.
So Heron raised himself up in all his feathery greatness and tapped Curious Fawn on the nose with his beak.
Curious Fawn backed off a little. The two stared at each other for a few seconds, perhaps sizing each other up.
But Curious Fawn was both curious and young, and really wanted to get a close look at Heron. I don’t know why. Perhaps she wanted to become friends with Heron. Or she was just wondering what this odd creature might be.
There were a few more back and forths, with Curious Fawn getting her nose pecked for her trouble. Heron was clearly getting annoyed with the whole business. He tried ignoring the fawn, hoping that with the lack of attention, the young one would find someone else to bother.
Curious Fawn did not give up. She tried one more time. Heron was ready for her.
Heron clearly gave the fawn one more warning. Curious Fawn’s curiosity was stronger than her good sense.
Heron tired of this game.
And wandered down the slope of the bank of the pond, and into the cold water. I don’t think he was particularly happy with this necessity, but it did solve the problem of Curious Fawn.
Curious Fawn stood and watched Heron for a minute or two. Then her twin came along and suggested they jump, chase, and race on the front lawn for a little while. Curious Fawn always likes to play so off she went with her twin to have a good time bounding around the lawn and into the meadow.
I started this post two weeks ago when there was still a little snow left on the ground from our first snowfall of the season. I didn’t get a chance to finish it before we made our way to NE Ohio for an early Thanksgiving with our grandsons and their parents. It was quite a thing to witness, the approach of the fawn and the defensive moves of the heron. All kinds of dramas play out here on the ranch, most of which I’m sure I miss. I’m always thankful when I’m allowed to get a glimpse of some of what happens.
I am thankful for you, too, and your visits, comments, and likes. I appreciate that you stop by to read or look at my photos. I’d invite you over for tonight’s sunset but I’m not sure we’ll see much of anything and there is a wintry mix in the forecast for tonight that could lead to dangerous driving conditions. Instead, stop by tomorrow. The storm will have moved through and sometimes the leftover clouds make the prettiest sunsets. We’ll go to the Point. It’ll be cold and windy so be sure to bundle up. Tomorrow’s sunset is scheduled for 4:43 PM or thereabouts.
Be good, be kind, be love. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,186) Relationships, with humans and with the land and with the other creatures we share the land with. 1,187) Good books. 1,188) A quiet Thanksgiving weekend at home with M. I like that we went to Ohio early this year. It allowed for a more relaxed visit (no rushing around to get the turkey and fixings cooked and out on the table), and a more relaxed Thanksgiving. I think this is the first Thanksgiving M and I have spent on our own. Usually we visit family or family visits us or we get together with other friends who are not traveling or having visitors over for the holiday. It was different, but quite nice. 1,189) Our little Keep America Beautiful group is now an official Keep America Beautiful affiliate. We had our last training and then held the official recognition ceremony at the County Commissioners last meeting. 1,190) The depths of learning in the yoga course I’m taking. It’s astonishing (and sometimes overwhelming).