|Deer, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver|
This was taken some ten years ago with one of those little disposable cameras. I`m surprised at how well it turned out.
And here`s the note:
She walked delicately
along the path between the brambles
on one side, salal on the other
When we met, she stood,
considering, nibbling a leaf.
We were the intruders.
But harmless; all we pointed was the camera.
She stepped aside, knee deep into the shrubs,
as if to let us pass.
And slowly, step by cautious step,
we changed places on that path
until she was behind us
and could continue peacefully
into the clover beyond.
Maplewood used to be one of our favourite walking places, but now unfortunately is much further away than it was then. (We moved; it didn't.) Still, I've been telling Laurie that we must visit again one of these days.