…that when E went out in the yard to water the flowers, she discovered a deer just hanging out in the shade near M’s old fort.
It was too hot for the critter to care that I was moving around the yard snapping photos.
The deer just lounged, chewing on some grass, posing nicely.
Finally, the deer got up, grabbed a snack to go, then moseyed off to the neighbor’s yard.
A couple minutes later, we found that the cat had snuck over to the neighbor’s yard, and was busy staring down the deer from 10 feet away. The cat started to puff up his fur (based on that cat instinct which says a deer is going to be more intimidated by a cat that looks like he weighs 15 pounds instead of 10 pounds) and the deer placidly watched us as I got within 10 feet of both of them to shoo the cat back home.
In other amusing nature photography, we have been busy doing battle with the Japanese beetles that are eating our roses. E bought a beetle trap, which is somewhat helpful, although this particular beetle was so confused it went for the empty cardboard box rather than the trap. Maybe the heat got to its brain, too.