Things happen in Nature that make us happy.
Then, there are things that happen in Nature that make us sad.
Yesterday, I noticed a large number of Black Vultures, in the thicket on the other side of Elli's meadow.
I knew there must be a deer there.
These birds are very efficient in their job.
It's not pretty, but their job is to clean up when an animal dies.
From the time I saw them around noon, until about 6:00 PM...
they had pretty much finished the job.
We think it might have been I-lean. I-lean was the doe with the bad leg.
She'd become one of our favorites.
I-lean made it through the hard summer. There were a lot who didn't.
But, although she'd put back on some weight, she was having a harder time getting around.
A harder time getting to food....a harder time getting up from the ground.
That bad leg was taking it's toll.
We're not sure it was her. There's another doe around, with a bent leg.
Not as bad as I-lean's, though.
I know you hear me complain about the deer....a lot.
But, they're part of what made this place special to us.
It's sad....but, that's the way of Nature.
And, you have to take the unpretty things, with the pretty ones.