For several years the deer were the only ones who benefitted from our gardens too. Three years ago I surrounded the garden area with 7 foot high nylon “deer fence” and it has kept them out and us very happy.
While I was taking the picture, this fawn’s mother was doing just that. In fact the fawn was looking at her. We dedicate that tree and its apples to the deer anyway (and hope that a visiting bear doesn’t break too many branches).
I know. We have used nylon fencing now to screen them off from the most vulnerable things (like the garden and the most vulnerable flowers in the flower beds) and that works for us and the deer too. We realize that they lived here long before we came along and in reality it is us who are imposing on their natural home.
I love that the doe brings her baby to you, to show it off. I had a mother raccoon who was around for three years, and every year she brought her babies for me to see. There’s no question that’s what she was up to, because I lived on the second floor, and she had to climb a tree to get to my balcony. She’d haul the babies up, one at a time, then scratch at the door until I came. Once I’d looked at them, she’d carry them back down and they’d head into the woods that backed up to my place. It was wonderful.
I’ve never seen a fawn in clover, but it does do as well as dappled light, doesn’t it? I saw you note about black and white and tried it. Amazing.
I’ve encountered many times over the years situations where I’m sure there was intentional communication from wild animals. It’s always thrilling, exciting and more than just a little un-nerving from the perspective of a potential predator.