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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Monday, May 3, 2010


(MAY 3, 2010) "Not Much to See," was my thought as I left Angler's Park this morning, cutting my walk short because I had to go out of town. Although I had taken over 140 pictures, they were of the same birds that hang out at the marsh there - mallards, killdeer, and red-winged blackbirds. Even the occasional heron, egret, Canada goose, sandpiper or other passing bird wasn't seen there - just the mallards, killdeer, and red-winged blackbird.

When I went back to look at my pictures, I realized how untrue that statement was: "Not Much to See." I had seen nature, as I see it every morning, in the raw. There were two male mallards doing their "war dance" to win over the single female mallard; there was the killdeer in the field, scampering deeper into the field as we walked closer, and there was the beautiful male red-winged blackbird coaxing the not so brilliant colored female red-winged blackbird. At Angler's Park this morning there was conflict, there was indecision, and there was love. All of the elements of a good story had surrounded me this morning as I walked briefly among the daily events of nature.

"Not Much to See?" Give me a break. I saw more this morning before 8:00 than many get to see in an entire day. Such conflict, indecision, and love may be found on television, but to see it in the raw, as I did this morning, is much more rewarding.

It was another good day on the Riverwalk.

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