Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature animals

Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “nature animals”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

While spending a few days in Virginia, we visited the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, which features a lot of animals you find in Virginia. Of course you can find some of these animals in other parts of the country, but it was nice to be able to see a few of them up close, which can be hard when you walk around in nature.

During our visit, we spotted a few deer. They’re very well camouflaged in their exhibit.

Deer camouflaged in leaves
Deer camouflaged in leaves

This one really knows the most intimate spot to take a nap while spying on the visitors.

Deer hiding between tree trunks
Deer hiding between tree trunks

We were lucky to see real deer during our trip, so I can’t complain about the unspectacular shots I got of these. 🙂

My kids saw a real beaver for the first time and they were very excited. The only time I’ve seen a beaver before was when I lived in Connecticut. There was a park with a pond at the bottom of the hill where I lived, and the beaver couple that lived there would build a dam and a lodge on a regular basis, until the town took it down. This beaver wouldn’t stop swimming, getting out of the water, and going swimming again, so it was very hard to take a good picture of him.

Beaver swimming in the water
Beaver swimming in the water

Finally my kids got a chance to also see a raccoon for the first time. We do have raccoons here but they’re nocturnal so encounters are rare. The only raccoons we’ve seen are the road kill in the morning on our way to school. It was nice to see a live and healthy raccoon during our visit. Isn’t he cute? Every time I see a raccoon, it reminds me of the movie Elf. “Does someone need a hug?”

Raccoon standing still
Raccoon standing still
Close-up of a raccoon's head
Close-up of a raccoon’s head

 

 

Is that a deer? Or two? Or three?

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During our spring vacation in the Mid Atlantic states, we stayed a few days in a guest house not too far from Richmond, Virginia. The area was very green and wooded, with homes spread far apart. We didn’t spend much time at the house but one evening, while I was doing the dishes after dinner, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a deer a few hundred feet away from the house. I grabbed my camera and told my kids to follow me as we slowly made our way around the house to see what was going on.

By the time we got to the other side of the house, there weren’t one, but two deer standing there, staring at us and ready to hop away. The sun had already set and it was a challenge to take a few pictures because of the lack of light and the far distance. By the time I managed to snap a few pictures, the deer’s patience had run out and they started walking away. That’s where we realized there were two more deer hiding in the trees behind them. We’ve spotted a mule deer here and there while hiking about San Diego but this is the first time we’ve seen four deer together so close to us. One of the many great experiences we took away from our trip!

Have you been able to get really close to deer before? Or would you rather stay away?

Two deer in Virginia
Two deer in Virginia
Deer standing in the grass and trees in Virginia
Deer standing in the grass and trees in Virginia