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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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


What pictures did I miss this morning as the result of not being quick enough to point and shoot or because I had a dog on the leash who wanted to go in a different direction right at the moment I was focusing in on a bird or plant? Here is today's list:

1. Flock of Canada geese: The city worker was mowing the large field where the Canada geese hang out and caused them to fly right at me - wonderful photo op. However, I missed the shot because I was standing there holding a bag while Sadie was depositing that which was to be placed in the bag.

2. Mallard Couple: A pastoral photo of a mallard couple was interrupted when Sadie decided to take a step or two towards them. The mallards didn't bolt and fly away; they just walked into the woods.

3. Perfectly Lighted Daffodil: I was focused in on the lovely flower when all of a sudden a dog's paw (I won't mention who the owner of that paw is) landed squarely right on top of the flower turning it into a less than perfect plant.

4. Small Sparrows in a bush: (see #2 above).

Disappointed? Angry? Depressed?

Not at all. There will always be more geese, ducks, flowers and sparrows, but there is only one Sadie. That "once in a lifetime" shot will happen again; the time spent with Sadie on the Riverwalk is priceless.

It was another beautiful morning on the Riverwalk.

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