July 1, 2021
Up Early, Walk Quietly
- as seen by -Tim Lewthwaite
With the limitations on travel due to COVID-19, I have found myself turning my lens to animals in and around my home in suburban Maryland.
My plan has been a simple one—get up early and walk quietly around the local lake. The lake is a popular walking and exercise spot throughout the day, and with all the activity, the animals that also call it home, fade from sight. But if you are up with the sun, you can find yourself welcomed into their world, as I was one day with a small herd of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
White-tailed deer are the only deer native to Maryland. They are classified as browsers and eat twigs, buds, and leaves from a varied selection of plants. They also feed on acorns, fruits, grasses, and crops such as corn and soybeans.
They can be found in every county in Maryland. While they are plentiful in the state, it was nice to share a quiet moment lakeside with these beautiful animals.