Sleep was elusive overnight, so giving up the comforts of bed I headed out before dawn to find a meadow. A beautiful late summer meadow at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, Maryland.
A meadow left to nature with blooming golden rod and and queen anns lace. It had rained the day before and the dew was heavy on the grass and mist covered the rolling hills of the meadow.
It seems that I was even too early for the birds except for a couple of nightjars flying overhead. So I wandered down the lane by the 300 year old Mount Pleasant farm that is well kept and preserved.
All was quiet except for the cicadas and crickets. Quietly walking the grass path my footsteps led me towards a white tailed deer doe and her fawn. Mama noticed me after a few minutes and decided to bound away when I tried to step slowly towards them. The fawn however, didn’t know where I was and began running towards me. Oh…oops! And then bounded off the other direction.
Papa wasn’t too much further down the meadow as well. A beautiful and handsome buck he was.
Within the conservancy is a beautifully maintained garden, fenced well to prevent damage from the deer. Benches are set along the walkway, inviting one to sit for a spell.
I could spend every morning on the meadow, watching the natural world wake up to the warming of the day. Wish you could have been on the meadow to enjoy the morn with me. Perhaps next time?
You got a visit from Bambi with all the beautiful shots! nice 🙂
Wasn’t that awesome Andy? I was so excited when the fawn started running towards me.
Such a nice way to spend a beautiful morning!
It truly was Judy. Thank you so much!
Your photos are beautiful, as always. What exactly is a “nightjar”?
A made up bird. Realized my mistake about an hour after posting. They were night hawks
Interesting … I know a song that refers to “nightjars” and I thought I’d found the answer! I think your term is much more interesting than “night hawk”!
I miss being up and outside before sunrise because of my work schedule, so I really loved this post, as it brought back many memories!
Awww..but if I remember it correctly you’re one of the smart ones and stay warm and snuggled in bed. I miss being out at sunrise too, but don’t miss being tired for the rest of the day. 🙂
I could sit on that bench surrounded by flowers all day. Simply beautiful.
Isn’t that bench just wonderful? In front of it was some enchinacea where goldfinches would come and dine. It was so lovely!
These photographs make me want to move back East – gorgeous Emily. Can’t tell you how much I miss these types of scenes and green (everywhere)!
Funny how us Easterners take our green for granted. I realize the contrast when I get out west and see the desert. I actually really enjoy the desert when I get to visit.