Tuesday, February 8, 2011

three does in deep snow

three does in the snow
foraging – one peers through glass
as our cats stare back

The deer step gingerly, sinking up to their knees in the deep snow, searching for anything edible, a challenge in these conditions. Like other ruminants, deer have no top front teeth, so they use their bottom teeth and top gums to grasp and nip. One of these does strips bark from a tree. The smallest one leaps the low fence, nibbles birdseed from under the feeder, then peers curiously through the window. Our two cats, napping on the sun porch, wake up, freeze and stare back.

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