There is a poem that goes with this image too. I will add it at the end.
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with Direct Manual Focus. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
As I stood on the Marsh View
deck at Laudholm Farms,
listening to a Marsh Wren sing
and looking for the source,
I saw movement through the
cattail reeds, maybe 30 yards
out. Something big and mammal
like. It took me a long moment
of looking before my eyes,
before my brain, could sort the
shapes and assemble them,
puzzle like, through the reeds.
Yes two big ears, and a long
nose, and a body almost completely
screened, but there. A White Tailed
Deer. She stood and looked at me,
probably more certain of what
I was than I was of her. I raised the
camera and focused manually to
see if I could capture the magic
of the moment…and then, greedy,
shifted just to my left to try for
a better line of sight, and she was
off, bounding high, white flag
following, splashing through the
water and the reeds toward the
safety of the wooded shore.