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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Sunday, March 21, 2010


(March 21, 2010) Shoes in the tree; shoes on the sand. These were two images from the past two days that stick in my mind as I think about the Riverwalk. Sometimes the day is just best recounted in poetry. Here is a sonnet:

A pair of walking shoes lasts me three months,
As on the Riverwalk I trek the trails;
The Bible says that God supplies birds' wants
Yet, I can't wait, so buy my shoes on sale.

Now, if we look, does God supply our needs?
Each week along the path I see lost shoes;
Human discards, not growth from leather seeds.
Each noticed shoe sparks up the inner muse.

Two baby shoes in grass, who left them there?
Was this a child who played so hard that she
Ignored the loss that left her feet so bare?
Or was this God's free gift, a child's size three?

If God provides us shoes right out of heaven,
Would He please leave a pair of size eleven?

It was another great day on the Riverwalk.


  1. Love the shoes and the birds!
    Happy Spring:)

  2. Love your blog, David. I like to walk/bike on the Roanoke River
    greenways and enjoy the sights and surprises!
    I'll be checking back in...