White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk

White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk
These rare white deer twins were born this summer and have found a safe home at Dan Daniel Park and on the Riverwalk
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My name is David Hoffman. I teach English and journalism at Averett University, but I have two side interests - writing and photography. I also enjoy walking daily with my English setter, Sadie, and my wife, Elizabeth, on the Danville, Virginia, Riverwalk. As a novice to studying nature, I am fascinated by the slightest facets of the great outdoors, but most of my pictures are of birds - I don't know a lot about them, but I am learning more and enjoying taking pictures of them daily. I also take pictures of plants, other animals, and insects. All pictures posted for each day were taken on the day of my blog entry.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

(MARCH 24, 2010) (David is taking the day off, so Sadie is filling in). What a morning this was! My mom, Elizabeth, brought me out to the park around 07:30. The grass is beginning to fill in the areas that were so sandy and washed out from the heavy rain and snow that fell earlier this year. I did not see any of those pesky squirrels today-- I wonder where THEY are hiding? But I saw a lot of Canada geese. I have to be careful around them; one of them almost attacked me a few years ago when I got too close to their babies! But today they were more conciliatory, as they have no babies yet. The daffodils are blooming and the trees are starting to look greener. Of course, being a dog, I am supposed to be colour blind but I can see green (sort of) and I can definitely smell it! As we approached the bridge that crosses the small creek, I saw a pair of mallards. I have seen these two before, and I really love to flush them out so that they will fly down to the river. This morning, however, Elizabeth kept me close to her so that I was not able to have that thrill. Elizabeth can be a real party pooper sometimes. She and David never let me run loose down at the park. Oh, how much fun that would be! I could flush out geese, chase squirrels, dig up the grass, raid a trashcan or two and otherwise make a real nuisance of myself.

We only saw a few of our friends this morning. I don't know why there were not more people and dogs out walking, since it was such a pretty morning. We passed by John twice, and also saw Jerry on his bicycle. I was hoping to see Lucky and his nice German mother, but no such luck. Then we saw Paulette, her friend whose name I don't know and their little white dog. The little white dog yapped "I want to play!!". I think he might be a Maltese, but I am not sure.

Well, I am not as articulate as David in my description of the nature. But my nose and ears are much more sensitive-- and this morning definitely smelled and sounded like Spring. I hope I can go back to the park this afternoon. David is going to read this and probably criticize me spelling of "colour." I am an English Setter, so I spell things a little differently from Americans. I am not an American Setter!


  1. Thank you for sharing the thoughts of your morning Sadie! Perhaps Dave will be back on his feet tomorrow and taking you to the Riverwalk. Get those squirrels!
    Mary V.

  2. Why Sadie you do have a way with the word! (I prefer to look at the world in colour too.) Now only if your folks would give you the camera!

  3. Sadie is my new favorite non-fiction character and autobiographer :D