Taken on an early evening hike at Long Ridge Open Space Preserve on the Long Ridge Trail just about one year ago today.
I had an interesting encounter with a deer on the ridge to the right of this picture while hiking. It was very late in the day, the sun was heading towards a rest in the Pacific, and I had encountered no other hikers or bikers. I had a strange feeling that something was watching me as I was hiking back to my car. When I turned around, there was a deer staring at me. I don’t carry a zoom lens on my Nikon D40…so, I wasn’t able to get a clear shot of the deer. As I continued down the trail, I had the same feeling. Again, when I turned around, there was the same deer, on a ridge looking straight at me. Maybe it was my imagination, but I swear that the deer was following along as I hiked out of Long Ridge.
Maybe he was wondering just what the heck this hiker was doing so late in the day. I had the feeling that he was urging me to get going so that the natives could have their park back for the night. Do Black Tailed Deer have a Neighborhood Watch program?
I think that it is time for another early evening hike at Long Ridge OSP. I wonder if I will see the big guy again?
If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.