The Thursday Picture – Hiking as the Sun Fades

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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.

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