Yes, there are perks in having to wake up really early on a Saturday morning!
While the rest of the world slumbers for a few more hours, I find myself driving along quiet country back roads to go to my summer part-time work up at White Lake.
I always love this stretch of road…so dense with towering trees…and I am the momentary intruder. In a few spots the tree tops seem to actually reach across and create an arch effect. So pretty!
The potential bonus is that at that early hour – with almost no other vehicles around – there is a good probability of glimpsing wildlife. Whether it’s a red fox that quickly dives into the underbrush. Or a scurrying chipmunk. Sometimes a swooping crow. Each drive is never the same, as it’s a whole new ensemble of wildlife appearances – and THAT’s the fun part! I often wonder…so who will surprise me this time?
Last Saturday I did actually get to see a red fox, but oh boy, it slipped away SO fast. However, luck was still on my side, when I came onto a stretch of road and saw three young deer crossing from my right side over to the left side.
Two of them stayed on the road – one already disappearing among the trees ahead of this one…
And there was a third deer – much closer to the main part of the road – that was quite intent on chowing down on some greenery and had no intention of taking off, even when I stopped and sat there watching for a few minutes.
It climbed up the wee hill and stretched its neck to get some choice leafy morsels.
I just waited until it looked in my direction.
Whispering good-bye and thank-you to the curious deer, I took some photos from the other angle as well…this last one (below) feels to me almost like a painting.
I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day! 🙂