Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.
WHITE-TAILED DEER SIGN
The twenty new inches of snow that fell in central Vermont yesterday certainly didn’t make getting from one spot to another any easier for wildlife. On top of that, it rained most of the night – I thought I would go out and see who, if anyone, had attempted to travel in these conditions. The tracks of nocturnal creatures would have been obliterated, so I didn’t expect to see much in the way of sign, and, in fact, I only saw the tracks of long-legged white-tailed deer. It was interesting to note that this much snow did not confine them to winter yards (designated areas where trails are made by deer in order to save energy and where they usually remain in deep snow conditions). One deer spent the night under a large hemlock — its bed was distinctly marked with the tracks it made upon rising at dawn. Deer scat also was evident on the snow as was its pine-scented urine. Nearby you could see where it had scratched the ground in hopes of finding ferns, acorns or other edibles.