“Deer Trails”

“Deer Trails” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8×10″ by Margie Guyot

The good thing about winter is getting to see all the deer paths! I’d been eyeing these for days. Without ever-changing weather, a blizzard could hit – or it could all melt — and good-bye, deer trails! Today I waded through the mess in the garage, plucked my sled off the wall and put it to good use: schlepping art supplies.  My setup was about halfway down the driveway, looking east.

Those are two plum trees on the right. Out of sight (way to the left) are about 9 apple trees and a hardy kiwi vine.  On the left is a tiny corner of my berry patch. If I didn’t have that fence around it, the deer would chew my blackberries and black raspberries right to the ground.

The deer come up out of the swamp (on the west side of Old Dixie Highway) and cross this field to munch on apples. Then they go up the ridge and mosey through the woods to raid the neighbor’s cornfield.

I have a driveway alarm that plays “She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” every time a vehicle – or deer – passes by. Sometimes there’s a herd of 6 or 8 comin’ round the mountain.

My setup today. Out of sight: Picasso, my favorite cat. He sat under the apple trees, keeping tabs on his momcat.

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