Tiny fawn walking on patio stones

Can there be anything that lifts one’s spirits more than watching a wide-eyed little fawn starting to explore its big new world?

I captured these three photos of our newest residents a couple of weeks ago, when they were just two weeks old (click on any of the photos to enlarge). It was the first time their mom, Teardrop, had brought them along on one of her daily visits to our place.

We watched from inside the house as the little guy (gal?) above ventured tentatively across the patio stones to keep up with mom. Meanwhile, his/her twin (below) seemed a bit more shy, staying at the forest’s edge until mom returned.

Fawn watching at the forest's edge

Teardrop seems to be patient and attentive to the new fawns, and perhaps a proud mom, too.

Black-tailed doe with new fawn

Now that they’re a month old, they’re visiting a bit more frequently and exploring more of our yard. At this point in their lives, Teardrop doesn’t let them stay for long  – a quick frolic, then it’s back to the forest for the tiny twins. But no matter how brief, every visit from these little spirit lifters is a celebrated event at our house.

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13 responses »

  1. Lisa Gordon says:

    They are absolutely precious, and how fortunate you are to be able to photograph them.

  2. Sherry Galey says:

    Love how you call them spirit lifters, Laurie! They melt my heart…you have captured them with your camera so tenderly and beautifully.

  3. […] The Little Spirit Lifters – some folks here on Vancouver Island don’t like the local deer population for what they tend to do to a garden.  Other folks, like us, celebrate them for the beautiful creatures they are, seemingly graceful and peaceful in their existence.  The only thing better than seeing a deer in our yard is seeing new fawns.  Local photographer Laurie MacBride has a new family visiting her place, and she captures three wonderful photos of the new additions to the family. […]

  4. Lovin’ this set, Laurie, those cute little additions to the family are a real joy to take in!

  5. Susan says:

    Love the middle photo! Great job Laurie ! What sweet creatures … !
    Hope you and yours are having a lovely summer !
    blessings,
    susan

  6. Phil Lanoue says:

    Awww…so cute, you gotta love them!

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