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Wild Encounter {Daily Reflections}

It was a bit contrived. They wait alongside a driveway for the humans they know will give them food. Nonetheless, it’s always magical to come so close to nature.

The mountain was blanketed with several inches of fresh, white snow this morning. It insulated everything, making the world quiet. I got out of the truck, rustled a bag of Rainbow Goldfish and several sets of ears perked with curiosity. As I threw the treats on the ground, they came closer. Curiosity overcame fear and they tiptoed closer to retrieve their treat.

Getting this close to does around the resort isn’t hard to do. They know they will get fed. But I was surprised to see, just inside the tree line, a six-point buck bedded down in the snow. His coat was a perfect camouflage among the slender trees and branches and not until he rose to flee did I spot him. He paused for only a brief moment. As intrigued by me as I was of him, we stood there, feet apart in the still of the snowy morning. He then turned, silently trotted away and carried on his way.

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