Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In pursuit of Bambi April 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 7:56 AM
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OH, FOR A TELEPHOTO lens on my camera…

Since that is not in the cards, the budget or the plan, I find myself often lamenting missed nature shots. It’s not like I can holler to Bambi, “Hey, hold still, will you, so I can take your picture! Move that way a little bit. Just one more shot.”

Nope, can’t do that.

So I shoot anyway, firing my camera in the hopes that once, maybe once, I’ll get something decent on my CF card.

So…, Wednesday evening my husband and I are checking out the rivers in Faribault. We are driving toward Teepee Tonka Park from the viaduct that crosses the Straight River and railroad tracks. And there they are. Four deer. Standing. In a yard.

I am so excited. But already the deer are fleeing, alert to the danger of our approaching van and a car driving up the hill toward them. My only thought is to photograph this quartet.

But I am frustrated because the lollygagging car is in my way. Can’t the driver see that I have a camera? Probably not.

Oh, well, I try anyway, shooting seven frames through the van’s windshield.

And although the results are not stunning or fantastic or overly-impressive, I’ve managed to capture at least one photo that is good enough to show you. And that, folks, is all I can ask for without a telephoto lens to shoot Bambi.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Those of you who live in southeastern Minnesota are probably wondering, “How did she shoot these photos on Wednesday when we didn’t have snow on the ground?” You would be correct in questioning that.  I wrote this three weeks ago and forgot about it in my post drafts. However, since we got snow overnight here in Minnesota, I thought it appropriate to publish today.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


5 Responses to “In pursuit of Bambi”

  1. Bernie Says:

    Not too shabby without a telephoto lens.
    We have a big heard of mule deer by our house. Always walking through the yard or on the ditch back across the road.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I thought I did OK. One time, when my husband and I were at the local nature center, he herded some deer toward me down a path and I got two quick shots of two fawns. I was worried the entire time that the deer would trample me.

      What is a mule deer? A stubborn deer?

      • Bernie Says:

        *lol* No a deer with ears like a mule. When I first moved here, I had not seen one. When the Mr. and I were out for a drive I saw some for the first time. Their ears are huge, I had an old pair of glasses on and told Roy, “Look Bunnies!!” He was laughing so hard he was choking. He explained that they were mule deer. Now when he sees one he will say, “Look Bernadette, there are some of your bunnies.”

  2. I like the shot Audrey and I too was wondering just how much snow you got down your way overnight because we didn’t have nearly that much up here!
    Then I got to the bottom of your post! You know that when you click on the photo in your post that it makes it full page and then you can zoom in one time and it is a great photo. Did your husband put the dent in the bumper of the car ahead of you?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Hmmmm, I’ll need to take a closer look at that photo now.

      No, the husband did not put the dent in the back of the car. Didn’t even notice it.

      We didn’t get a lot of snow here. Grass blades are poking through the snow. But, hey, enough already. I want those warm temps back and I want spring.

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