Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Circle Of Life (With Hot Deer Action)

watching from afar
A few weeks ago we were walking in the cemetery near our home, feeling a bit melancholy, trying to get some bracing, late-winter fresh air into our restless children. And, quite unexpectedly and despite all our noise, we came upon this:

We came up on these guys during a walk in the cemetary...
A group of five mule deer, their gray and brown winter coats blending almost seamlessly with with the leaves, earth, and headstones.

...a group of five mule deer.
They were just there, apparently having wandered way up from the river, across a very busy road, and into the relative sanctuary of the cemetery.

They didn't seem to mind us terrible.
They noticed us, but they didn't run.

The kids were dazzled.
The kids were completely dumbstruck. Right here, smack dab in the middle of our city with cars racing past on three sides, were these deer, blinking lazily and glancing our way every now and then.

mule ears
I snapped picture after picture, never putting down my camera, until the kids' hands grew cold in the darkening afternoon and they went with Byron to sit in the car.

And then I started to feel emotional, watching these animals alone, thinking about these gentle, wayward, stupid deer in the middle of this cemetery, these beautifully-made creatures just stumbling into our lives and nestling into this place of death in the center of all this chaos and remember that scene in The Queen where Helen Mirren is alone and sees the stag and the stag is totally a symbol of Diana with all the hunting and chasing and also a symbol of Christ and...

nuzzle

...then....

And then, right in front of my camera,...

...this....

...this...

...happened.

...happened.

The circle of life, ladies and gentlemen.

Which, really, is both what I get for being maudlin and weird and exactly what I needed to see, something so funny and inappropriate and perfect, a reminder that Life is always marching forward, looking for a place to assert itself and take hold again.

Nice one.
Not cool, dude.
(Even if Life is all hooves and clumsy as hell.)

47 comments:

Blue Mountains Mary said...

Aah life.

Aaaah you.

You have been missed in this little corner of yours.

Even though what you are doing with Mrs G is completely fab.

heidi said...

That is one of the best bloggy photo essays EVER.
Can you see my applauding over here in my fuzzy pink bathrobe?

J. said...

Oh deer. (Heck, someone was bound to say it. Might as well be me. : )

FABULOUS pictures, Melanie. Really amazing. We refer to our back yard as the "all you can eat salad bar," because it is always overrun with deer grazing, but I've never gotten that close to one of the suckers, nor a good picture.

As for animals doing the darndest things, allow me to direct you and your loyal readers to this. And for the record, I had no idea what was going on with the zebra until AFTER I had taken the picture and the spouse made a comment. ; )

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

(Going to go blow the coffee out of my nose now.)

That is utterly hilarious. And gross. Er, inappropriate. Whatever.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Brava!! This photo essay's Pulitzer bound, I swear.

:-)

justjuli said...

Great stuff!
As I was scrolling down the photos, I was sure that you were going to show a deer pooping - but this was better. :)

Last summer I was at the zoo for a bachelorette party - and there was massive amounts of humping going on all over the place. It seems that everyone was in the mood!

Sabrina said...

I agree that this has to be the best photo essay ever.

the cheap chick said...

I've missed you and your hi-freakin-larious thoughts on life! Hot deer action, indeed.

Mike Golch said...

great posting.we somtimes get deer wandring through our back yard. whis is amazing given we have a freeway running next to our condo.

Christy said...

Oh. My. God. We had about 8 deer living out behind our old house. Is THAT what they were up to back there?

And, as a side note, that ZEBRA, J.!!!! Hilarious.

Glad you're keeping up here along with the Colony...

planetnomad said...

I love your current header. And yes, I too thoroughly enjoyed your photo essay. Because that's the sort of thing Life does to me whenever I'm getting all deep and philosophical and maudlin. Yep.

Magpie said...

Hysterical. I've seen a lot of action in the monkey house at the zoo, but deer in a cemetery takes the cake.

Ashley said...

LOVE THIS! Could it have been more perfect? Glad you stuck around the graveyard to be able to share this :)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh my. Deer porn. Whodda thunk it?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I love your frisky furry friends, but that new header is inspired.

Excellent.

The Girl Next Door said...

I gotta say of all things, I wasn't expecting THAT on Beanpaste! Funny!

KCB said...

Get a room, Bucky!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

And did the children enjoy it as well?!

apathy lounge said...

Circle of Life is right.

Nora said...

Hubba hubba!
I hope you left those deer some salt for snapping you out of your melancholy.

i am very mary said...

At least the kids were in the car when it happened because try explaining that one.

Jenn said...

Hahaha, that's funny !

Professor J said...

oh baby.

Heather D said...

Dirty, dirty little deer!
Love it!

dkuroiwa said...

Well, ya know...in high school, the cemetary was THE place to go 'parking' so....


I haven't had a true LOL moment for a few days....thanks for that!!

Renovation Therapy said...

OMG. I needed this post too. Thank you.

Csquaredplus3 said...

Damn deer. They do it around our picture windows all the time. We tell our sons that they're just playing "chugga-chugga-choo-choo".

Your post made me smile - sounds like it made you smile too. That's nice.

Julie Bradshaw said...

I really loved this post. When my grandmother died, we had a very funny incident happen at the graveside service. We felt a little irreverent laughing at such a somber time, but we knew she would have found it funny as well, and it felt good to know that as sad as we were, there was still life to be loved and lived. I'm sorry for your loss but am happy that you still find joy in life.

Dawn in Austin said...

Loved the photo essay! I've heard it said that funerals put some "in the mood". And deer, too? Who knew?

~m said...

That Mrs. Deer looks so completely irritated by Mr. Deer and his moves.

She's all like: I TOLD you I had a headache! What part of NOT TONIGHT DEER do you not understand??!!

stu said...

It has been a while since I have seen deer porn...

MadMad said...

Oh, you are funny, woman!

Angie said...

This is the greatest! I needed this laugh - thanks:)

The Boddeker Blog said...

I came across your blog while googling "deer porn".
Hee hee!
Thanks for the laugh!

Marinka said...

Oh, dear.
;)

suescottt said...

Please Help! Can't access Women's Colony without an invitation and no clue how to contact Mrs. G since Derfwad is also blocked. Love your writing and need my fix. Thanks in advance...

JessTrev said...

Ahhhh, you can see it's been awhile since I actually opened my google reader. And THIS is why I open the damn thing in the first place. You make me laugh, you make me cry... ;) Love this - and I think your laughter and humor are sacred and lovely.

Sojourner said...

Great post! Mama deer looks mighty annoyed. But this was hilarious! Love your new header. Your boy is getting big.

Amy Bradstreet said...

OMG, I love it. The best was you post title.

Tricia said...

I agree with Heidi. This is one of the best blog photo essays in history. I was starting to feel all melancholy, and then was simply, wonderfully laughing out loud. The circle of life, indeed. Thanks for withstanding the cold to take the photos.

Justine said...

wow. you couldn't plan that if you tried (and why would you want to?)...

Amy said...

Love it! So funny, just the story I needed to read!

Hilary said...

That's hilarious. A head-scratcher and smile-evoker in so many ways. Thanks to Tricia for pointing this post out. :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

Hysterical! Absolutely hysterical... I was NOT expecting that one.

All Adither said...

I was thinking how amazing and profound this was. And then the wildlife porn. Funny.

Mom on the go said...

LOVE IT!!! We had a similar experience with a Mission and turkeys. Sometimes life is just too funny!

Anonymous said...

As much as I enjoy your posts at the womens colony, I do wish you'd come back to your own....