Thunder... that sounds pretty well like it's the end of some distant town being swallowed up by the earth.
Earlier tonight... while a setting sun still had it's way with shadows and light
We were all gathered at my brother in laws house... he lives backing on to a small forest... through which is a large public park.
The children were at the park after dinner... before cake.
I grabbed the camera and headed into the forest to find a path and, hopefully, find the children.
I heard a noise.
A small crack... then another.
I left any notion of a path behind and moved into the forest proper.
[ :: "forest proper" :: ]
As I crouched and padded into the forest I could hear the kids in the park beyond...
But there continued to be some sort of noise... less distant.
Before I realized it... I was staring, at about 15 feet away... a fairly large deer.
She (no horns? does that mean it's a "she"??) stepped sideways and then another moved...
There were two.
I tried to take pictures... it was so dark in the woods and so many tree bits between my camera and the deer...
I had little hope for pictures to come out... none the less... I snapped away, hopefully.
[ :: A dark forest dweller... looking at me, the invader. :: ]
[ :: a blurred effort to catch the bright white tail and deeply tan body :: ]
The pictures are bad...
But my breath was never-the-less taken away by the sheer size of these girls... and their almost silent passage through the forest.