The gift

One warm afternoon last year,

I was walking in an unexplored forest

And taking photos of Oscar.


Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer

Gazing peacefully at me.

Deer face on copy

Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.

I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:

That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.

Running deer

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98 responses

  1. I agree.
    Unexpected gifts are wonderful.
    You are an unexpected gift, Lady Fi, & so is Oscar. xx

    June 9, 2014 at 15:37

  2. how beautiful! what a sweet surprise!

    June 9, 2014 at 15:50

  3. Oscar and a deer, double treat. Yes, we find things when they are least expected.

    June 9, 2014 at 15:50

  4. I like how the deer stretches its neck to give you an extra long look! A fleeting gift that came into view.

    June 9, 2014 at 16:18

  5. In Native American symbolism, the deer represents unconditional love. Now that IS a lovely gift!

    June 9, 2014 at 16:25

  6. I love that first image of the deer!!! Just the way he is standing surrounded by that golden yellow grass!! And the swan on gold in the next post is so luscious!!!
    Thank you again for allowing me to send that photo of the goldfinch on the water glass to my Mom! She loved it, thought it was so cute1 And such a change from all my flowers…

    June 9, 2014 at 16:38

    • I’m so glad the picture made your mother happy!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 10, 2014 at 06:02

  7. Beautiful Deer, love it so much.

    June 9, 2014 at 16:39

  8. Pat

    So beautiful!

    June 9, 2014 at 16:51

  9. Now that is a GREAT Gift!!! Super post!

    June 9, 2014 at 17:02

  10. What a wonderful gift!

    June 9, 2014 at 17:03

  11. Oh, so beautiful and what a treat to see on your walk! Glad you were able to get such wonderful captures! A great start for my day!! Have a great week!!

    June 9, 2014 at 17:03

  12. daryledelstein

    so true …. and we must embrace them as we find them

    June 9, 2014 at 17:16

  13. There’s nothing quite like those beautiful unexpected gifts:) what a lovely deer!!

    June 9, 2014 at 17:23

  14. Beautiful walk…. I’m sure that Oscar enjoyed it too.. Great photo of the Deer —who was probably asking you why you were in HIS area!!!!! ha


    June 9, 2014 at 17:55

  15. wonderful encounter. I seen one last night and the battery was dead in my camera.😦

    June 9, 2014 at 17:58

  16. PS forgot to tell you I love the photo of Oscar too.

    June 9, 2014 at 17:58

  17. Joy

    So wonderful and precious moment!

    June 9, 2014 at 18:14

  18. Dear LadyFi, once again lovely spare poetic prose plus photographs that put us in the scene. Thank you. I’m wondering if this the “deer” you saw was a pronghorn. The antlers make me wonder. And yes beauty comes unexpected often also. Peace.

    June 9, 2014 at 18:52

  19. It’s such a deeply precious gift to have such a close encounter with a wild animal. If you meet their eyes, you meet their soul, and they yours. I love the shape of the freshly emerging horns, they always make me think of a tiara or a crown. He’s a beautiful boy:-)

    June 9, 2014 at 19:01

  20. Vilket fint ögonblick.

    June 9, 2014 at 19:23

  21. nocolebolo

    What a surprise!. You have good luck.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    June 9, 2014 at 20:30

  22. Don

    What a wonderful surprise. Did you come to any conclusions what he was trying to tell you?

    June 9, 2014 at 21:36

  23. ds

    Yes, if only we knew what they were trying to tell us…

    June 9, 2014 at 21:59

  24. They are such beautiful creatures.
    So is Oscar!!!

    June 9, 2014 at 22:18

  25. Thank you. A gift indeed. In beautiful wrapping as well.

    June 9, 2014 at 22:34

  26. What an awesome experience. Always enjoy seeing Oscar, too.

    June 9, 2014 at 22:51

  27. I love Oscar and the deer! Lovely shots. Have a happy week!

    June 9, 2014 at 23:37

  28. And you captured a tremblingly beautiful photo to gift us!

    June 10, 2014 at 00:28

  29. Hudson Howl

    A believer of gifts from the natural world, that is exactly what the deer had up his sleeve. Eye to eye, I would have frozen. This has happen to me, camera in hand and never take a picture. It happens often, go for the picture or just enjoy what the moment offers. It’s a dilemma Both have benefits.

    The surreal light washing the meadow that surrounds the dear deer -is paradisaical in the first shot. In the second shot you follow the deer, keeping it focus while the grasses blur creates a fleeting moment. But what sets it all up is Oscar resting along the paths under the forest canopy. Suggesting nothing out of the ordinary expected -an then it does. What an offering.

    June 10, 2014 at 03:21

  30. Beautiful animal, magic moment.

    June 10, 2014 at 04:06

  31. Cute animals, and the grass so green …

    June 10, 2014 at 04:25

  32. Beautiful scenes and it must have been amazing to come across the deer that close. Great photos.

    June 10, 2014 at 04:42

  33. What a fantastic gift, ah but so skinny. The eye-to-eye contact was a neat catch.

    June 10, 2014 at 04:57

  34. I see deer in my area often LadyDi, as we live close to the Rocky Mountain foothills and there is lots of wild open space nearby. They still love to come down and munch on our flowers and bushes. They are beautiful creatures so I don’t mind!

    June 10, 2014 at 06:23

  35. A most beautiful and magical post!
    Thank you.

    June 10, 2014 at 06:35

  36. Chance encounters are beautiful!

    June 10, 2014 at 07:45

  37. Karen

    Beautiful post, deer are special creatures.

    June 10, 2014 at 08:05

  38. miyahde

    Wow; Wonderful pictures of Oscar and a deer in the Beautiful Nature♡♡♡

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    June 10, 2014 at 08:22

  39. A young fellow. Always nice to make a connection in nature.:)

    June 10, 2014 at 08:44

  40. Underbara bilder!

    June 10, 2014 at 08:48

  41. What a perfect moment!

    June 10, 2014 at 08:59

  42. Leovi

    Yes, wonderful photos, I really like those shots the deer!

    June 10, 2014 at 09:05

  43. WoW what a wonderful meeting, and stunning photos from this unexpected moment, great to stay calm to take these pictures

    June 10, 2014 at 09:14

  44. they look so beautiful and peaceful. Lovely captures.

    June 10, 2014 at 09:42

  45. Oh dear, it’s a deer!😉

    June 10, 2014 at 09:46

  46. How true is that lesson! That forest trail looks incredibly inviting.

    My Yatra Diary…

    June 10, 2014 at 09:53

  47. How lucky you were to make these beautiful shots !

    June 10, 2014 at 10:31

  48. i loved that first picture of deer so much:)

    June 10, 2014 at 10:48

  49. Splendid picture – we used have this species of deer (roe?) in our garden! But that was many years ago!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    June 10, 2014 at 12:38

  50. What fun to see the deer and catch such good shots.

    June 10, 2014 at 12:41

  51. I love dogs and this Oscar sure is a handsome guy. Nice capture of the deer. Certainly an unexpected gift.

    June 10, 2014 at 12:41

  52. :)

    June 10, 2014 at 13:11

  53. what a treat…smiles…nice little crown he has going on as well….
    saw some felted points the other day…

    June 10, 2014 at 13:20

  54. A very pleasant surprise!

    June 10, 2014 at 13:46

  55. Such joyful encounter… this is all about nature and gifts that she’s offering so generously to us… A deer with warm eyes looking for a way to communicate to you!! So amazing… and so glad that you shared this with us!!

    June 10, 2014 at 14:08

  56. Beautiful photos and such a beautiful thought!

    June 10, 2014 at 14:10

  57. Hi! This child deer is very cute. What kind of things this deer want to say ? It’s very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    June 10, 2014 at 14:11

  58. Hello,Great Blog You have,my best regards,EM

    June 10, 2014 at 16:27

  59. Beautiful shot!

    June 10, 2014 at 17:42

  60. JM

    Love the middle shot, what a great spotting!

    June 10, 2014 at 18:11

  61. Beautiful surprise!

    June 10, 2014 at 18:43

  62. Unexpected gift indeed

    June 10, 2014 at 19:26

  63. Wonderful photos and a beautiful deer.

    June 10, 2014 at 20:09

  64. Nature can be full of surprises….how did Oscar react?

    June 10, 2014 at 20:54

  65. How charming! I’ve seen deer stare at my dog, as if to say “What kind of deer is that anyway?”

    June 10, 2014 at 21:21

  66. Beautiful images.

    June 10, 2014 at 21:45

  67. onceupona

    I love it when I run into deer out on hikes! So beautiful to take pictures of. Lovely pictures! CHeers, Danette

    June 10, 2014 at 22:18

  68. Oscar looks adorable! Yes, I agree, we can find gifts in the most unexpected of places!

    June 10, 2014 at 22:22

  69. I forgot to say that your photos are just stunning!

    June 10, 2014 at 22:23

  70. How lovely that Oscar’s presence didn’t startle the deer!

    June 10, 2014 at 22:47

  71. Surprises like that make me feel special while entranced by them and vice versa!…:)JP

    June 10, 2014 at 23:40

  72. Magnificent photography of the deer ~ what a gift to see and photograph ~ love, love the dog also ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    June 10, 2014 at 23:47

  73. Al

    I love encountering wildlife on my hikes. That photo of the deer in the bright meadow is gorgeous.

    June 11, 2014 at 01:40

  74. Awe, what amazing moment captured!

    June 11, 2014 at 03:05

  75. What a most delightful surprise!

    June 11, 2014 at 03:38

  76. A magic moment, beautiful images. Wonder what your dog did?

    June 11, 2014 at 03:53

  77. The dear is a great shot. But, Oscar~dear~dear~Oscar. Oscar wins.:-)

    June 11, 2014 at 04:48

  78. BB

    That is one gorgeous photo.

    June 11, 2014 at 05:06

  79. True. And what a beautiful moment!

    June 11, 2014 at 06:39

  80. Oscar is lovely – but what a surprise to see a deer….looking back at you too:)

    June 11, 2014 at 07:14

  81. This was so cute! And imagine it didn’t run away immediately!

    June 11, 2014 at 07:15

  82. belle lumière avec le cervidé

    June 11, 2014 at 09:40

  83. How beautiful!

    June 11, 2014 at 12:59

  84. a wonderful gift indeed.:)

    June 11, 2014 at 16:05

  85. Great Picture of the buck!

    June 11, 2014 at 20:00

  86. Pat

    The first photo is beautiful and precious. The photo of you and the deer looking at each other is a great moment in time (and also a great photo).

    June 11, 2014 at 21:14

  87. That second photo is lovely!

    June 12, 2014 at 04:07

  88. Hi Fiona, as usual, your words and photos are mesmerizing.

    June 12, 2014 at 05:52

  89. The deer is so adorable!

    June 12, 2014 at 11:05

  90. Leo

    I like the pretty pictures on your blog.

    June 12, 2014 at 11:25

  91. Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I
    guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.

    Do you have any helpful hints for inexperienced blog writers?

    I’d definitely appreciate it.

    June 12, 2014 at 14:29

  92. Such a joy to read! Yes, maybe the lovely deer tried to tell you something..:)
    Oscar is so lovely sitting there in the forest!:)

    June 12, 2014 at 21:10

  93. Wow! That’s beautiful sight of deer across the splendid afternoon… Enjoyed all the pictures! Unexpected is a treasure

    June 15, 2014 at 13:57

  94. Wonderful,

    June 15, 2014 at 23:07

  95. That was a gift — as all of your posts are gifts to us! I have read all of the following three posts as well on Feedly and am commenting only on this one because I have such a slow connection. Your golden skies with kids (fisherpeople) and the swan ones are incredible as is your summer purple sky. I

    June 20, 2014 at 09:04

  96. Fabulous capture! I love deer (and famously shouted out to Bambi about her mother, “don’t worry Bambi, she’ll come home”)

    June 23, 2014 at 13:14

  97. What gorgeous photos of such lovely subjects!

    June 24, 2014 at 22:01

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