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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Bertrand Russell

Photo Challenge: WAITING

Photo Challenge: WAITING

For this challenge, on WAITING, I chose to share photos of the deer and the occasional turkey that hang out in my yard. The center shots are related; it’s a doe/mother above and her fawn/baby hiding in my front garden below it. I opened my door to head out and the baby sat there staring at me, waiting and wondering if I would chase it away; Mother was nearby grazing and seemed somewhat unperturbed by my presence. After all, they come to my yard daily to hunt for food and to rest. Doe Deer studied me too and her better instincts said I was not the enemy so she kept on doing her thing. When I moved to head to my car, the baby bolted. It had been trained well by its mother… You can never trust these two legged devils, it must have thought… The turkey was with her charge too and gave me a bored glance and kept pecking away for food. She was in the backyard and I couldn’t quite capture her as she hung around the kitchen door. Yes, life is about waiting but, I had things to do and she was intent on not offering a selfie to me.  UPDATED!

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“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” A. A. Milne

Photo Challenge: WAITING

Photo Challenge: WAITING

Photo Challenge: WAITING

Photo Challenge: WAITING


The deer in my area are not timid. Humans are constantly encroaching on their terrain, so you can’t blame them. They give us lime disease, and we forcefully take their land by eminent domain. It’s a constant battle for ownership of the land.  Both mother and baby deer stare at me, waiting for me to act or move… Even when I hold up my smartphone and take photos, they don’t run, they stare back at me wondering if I’m friend or foe. As long as I don’t move, they continue grazing like all is well… and usually it is. I no longer resent them for demolishing my tulips, digging up my perennials, and treating my garden like a free fine restaurant.  However,  the land was originally theirs and, while humans work to push them further and further away from their habitat, they fight back by venturing out into the neighborhood, seeking friendly homes and yards where food is free and barking dogs are history.  For now, they wait and wonder how far humans will push them off their natural habitat.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – WAITING  –  Share a snapshot that shows a sense of waitingThis week, for this challenge, show us what waiting looks like to you. There are so many angles and interpretations — we look forward to seeing yours!



Positive Motivation Tip:  At different points in life, we wait and wonder… make the best of what you have.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  1. ashunexpected permalink
    06/09/2017 5:09 pm

    Waiting is an interesting thing. Sometimes you should be patient and other times you need to take action… That poor deer, you can see it’s ribs

    • 08/09/2017 12:52 am

      She is actually healthier than you think. She’s a nursing mom so the baby is taking some from her… They are fine. 🙂

  2. melisasource permalink
    06/09/2017 5:54 pm

    Wow these are some very cool photos. you are very brave because I am terribly afraid of deer (even though they are so adorable lol)! It’s awesome to have the beauty of nature in your own yard!

  3. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    06/09/2017 8:16 pm

    We had a saying in the Army,”Hurry up and wait.” We all always wanting to do things in such a fast pace that we forget about the beauty of things. Thanks for the awesome photos and your thoughts.

    • 08/09/2017 12:50 am

      I love the idea of hurrying up to wait. Perfect.

      • Rebecca Swenor permalink
        10/09/2017 7:35 am

        I never did like it til I realized while waiting I could just study everything and see the beauty of it all. 😀

  4. Zoran Stankovic permalink
    07/09/2017 2:23 am

    This is a beautiful place. I love animals and all the photos look great!

  5. brigettedanielle permalink
    07/09/2017 6:25 am

    Wow that is awesome! Deer would always roam the field across from my grandparents house and I would love to see them run and graze. I never was able to get this close to one though.

  6. jin permalink
    07/09/2017 7:04 am

    Love how deer and even turkeys regularly visit you! I don’t live on the outskirts of Austin, where the deer is known to graze people’s yards – but I love little nature moments like these that’s just outside of your house. Must be a calm and peaceful moment!

  7. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    07/09/2017 8:42 am

    Wow those are great photos of the deer! For some reason I’m deathly afraid of deer 🙁

  8. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    07/09/2017 9:22 am

    I believe in the phrase – good thing come to those who wait – aka patience. It is a virtue I am working on 🙂

  9. Shell permalink
    07/09/2017 10:08 am

    Wow! You are so blessed to be able to observe these magnificent creatures so closely!!!! This would be such an awesome experience!!

  10. Addie permalink
    07/09/2017 11:46 am

    Such precious animals in their habitat. It definitely takes patience and “waiting” to capture images like this!

  11. Jane permalink
    07/09/2017 12:33 pm

    I love seeing deer near my home. There is a cemetery I sometimes walk through and recently there have been three mama deer with six baby deer just hanging out. One of the baby deer saw me and started prancing around in a circle before running back to his mama. it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  12. Dia Darling permalink
    07/09/2017 1:48 pm

    We also have those bold deer who will just hang out in your yard unless you purposely lunge at them. I do really like that quote about not just waiting in your corner.

  13. Shevoneese permalink
    07/09/2017 2:02 pm

    Deer are such incredible animals. I’m constantly fascinated by them. Sadly, I have never seen one but I’ve always wanted to.

  14. lexieanimetravel permalink
    07/09/2017 2:15 pm

    What a great and splendid photo you got here with the deer, I love the candid shot it expresses various aspects. just adorable!

  15. ktmommyscene permalink
    07/09/2017 2:50 pm

    Deer can be so graceful and fun to spot in the wild. My kids are always looking for deer around our neighborhood.

  16. Fred permalink
    07/09/2017 5:21 pm

    Waiting can be exciting and frustrating at the same time. Can’t wait to see what is coming, but wondering why it is not there yet! Waiting is the virtue of hope in full gear.

  17. Kristan permalink
    07/09/2017 7:06 pm

    I like your unique approach to displaying “waiting”. Interesting and you got some great shots too!

  18. thenafranssen permalink
    07/09/2017 8:31 pm

    Great pics. The deer in our area are not shy either. They literally just hang out in our yards.

  19. lavandamichelle permalink
    07/09/2017 11:27 pm

    In my area you run into deer everyday. This is due to humans taking over their natural habitat which is completely sad. I always wondered when will humans decide enough is enough and stop building on forested areas. I believe humans and animals can co/exist and share our beautiful city if only the humans would leave animals to roam free.

    • 08/09/2017 12:26 am

      We have the same situation in mine … as I pointed out in my post. We have a lot of designated green space but it is slowly and surely diminishing.

  20. Prachi permalink
    08/09/2017 12:30 am

    Quite interesting article and beautiful pictures. It’s important to be reminded to keep it up

  21. Bhushavali permalink
    08/09/2017 3:11 am

    Such a beautiful capture and such good observation on your part! I’m waiting as well, to meet my little one!!!

  22. 08/09/2017 6:16 am

    If only I had the patience….These are great shots. Sadly the only time I seem to see a deer is when I’m driving or it stuck in the zoo. I particularly love how out of the element the asphalt makes the deer appear.

  23. nadaliebardo permalink
    08/09/2017 7:10 am

    Oh wow. There are actually some families of deer in my neighbourhood. I’ve seen them running as I drive.

  24. keisha1989 permalink
    08/09/2017 8:06 am

    This quote: “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” A. A. Milne
    is what i needed.I like this week photo challenge 🙂

  25. Lisa Rios permalink
    08/09/2017 8:29 am

    They do say that good things come to those who wait. I love the deer and they are absolutely lovely creatures, it requires patience and discipline to wait to take those pictures.

  26. Elisha Fernandez permalink
    08/09/2017 8:55 am

    I love deer! They are so beautiful I’m not sure we have any in the area of Texas we live in, but I’ve always wanted to see one grazing and snap a few photos.

  27. juelzjohn permalink
    08/09/2017 9:00 am

    Such a beautiful post.I don’t think I have seen a deer in real maybe I should visit a zoo.
    Waiting for requires so much patience but sometimes we have to take action while waiting

  28. Kelly permalink
    08/09/2017 9:15 am

    Waiting is definitely a virtue! I’m about out of patience waiting for hurricane Irma to hit us!

  29. hal permalink
    08/09/2017 11:24 am

    i grew up near the poconos & have met my fair share of not timid deer & worse lol – the pictures you captured of the deer & turkeys are great!

  30. 08/09/2017 12:41 pm

    Your space are incredible with such wildlife abounding. I used to live in an area where wild deer regularly roamed our yards as well. It is a balance for sure. The waiting aspect… that is one of the hardest virtues in our society where instant gratification is the norm. Thanks for the encouragement today to embrace waiting.

  31. oxsian permalink
    08/09/2017 12:58 pm

    A really unique blog post and idea so thank you so much for sharing! The photos are beautiful also xo

  32. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    08/09/2017 2:01 pm

    I believe in the saying, “Good things come to those who wait.” I practice patience in most situations I am in. I am confident I will receive the blessings I ask God for. I will wait.

  33. Beth Davidson permalink
    08/09/2017 3:41 pm

    I love when deer are comfortable enough to come visit. That used to happen all the time in my last yard… But our new house had a bear visitor, so I guess that’s exciting too. Eek!

  34. White Pen permalink
    08/09/2017 4:27 pm

    Waiting is hard thing to do, you need to have patience. It really means patience is a virtue. Looking on how well you wait, you took pictures amazing. Nice job, but I guess I can’t participate on challenges like this, you sure to be really hardworking on this.

  35. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    08/09/2017 9:12 pm

    My version of waiting is not those that just wait and waste time. I am getting myself prepared and waiting for the opportunity to strike.

  36. Queens of Virtue permalink
    08/09/2017 9:36 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. It was very empowering. We have to do better, for the “nature” depends on us more than we know, as humans!

  37. Shibin Dinesh permalink
    08/09/2017 10:30 pm

    Lovely shots! Photographing deer is on my to do list! 🙂

  38. lucicoo permalink
    08/09/2017 10:36 pm

    Very well done photograph. Sometimes you have to wait to get the perfect shot.

  39. Oursamyatra permalink
    09/09/2017 1:22 am

    The photo are so beautiful and natural. And as usual your way of narration is so good.

  40. tatsieff permalink
    09/09/2017 1:39 am

    Once again, another awesome theme & beautiful photos. It really makes me want to get out into nature. The colour palette makes me feel very autumnal, too!

  41. Yes Missy permalink
    09/09/2017 6:56 am

    It’s so amazing you have deer in your yard! I love seeing wildlife in real life, your photos came out great too!

  42. Ginger Mom permalink
    09/09/2017 7:30 am

    I love your photos 🙂 Deer don’t come this close where I am so I have never gotten to see one up close and personal.

  43. joyfulsource permalink
    09/09/2017 8:30 am

    Love the shots, so close and good angle! The animals deserve respect and care with their habitats as well…

  44. angie permalink
    09/09/2017 11:55 am

    very cool that you got that close,here in southern illinois we see deer quite often but you did get some great shots

  45. therecklessbabe permalink
    09/09/2017 11:56 am

    You’re so lucky that you can presence this and they come to your backyard. I bet they don’t feel lucky, but at the same time, like you said, they have a free fine dine meal. I love animals, I love their instincts, waiting is in all of us. We all are waiting for something to happen. We’re waiting to be successful, we’re waiting to be parents, we’re waiting to be grandparents, we’re always waiting.

  46. Sarah permalink
    09/09/2017 1:14 pm

    What stunning photos and animals! It must feel amazing being that close to them! I love learning and seeing pictures of wildlife 🙂

  47. acheerymind permalink
    09/09/2017 3:12 pm

    Aww I love when they get close to human. My family in law lives in the French countryside and deer also love to come visit in their backyard. I love to watch them though I always stay quite far not to disturb or scare them. Because these ones are timid 🙂

  48. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    09/09/2017 3:31 pm

    The deer said, “If you’re going keep waiting like that to take a picture of me, I might as well give in so you get my best angle. ” 🙂

  49. Shalama Jackson permalink
    09/09/2017 4:15 pm

    I am not patient and do not like to wait. I am impressed by people and animals that are patient cause it’s not in my DNA.

  50. pensivepalindrome permalink
    09/09/2017 6:04 pm

    I think the deer photo definitely captures the essence of waiting and timing, although the deer you described might be a bit bolder!. I haven’t seen deer in years probably because I live in the center of the city, but I do think they’re interesting creatures.

  51. 09/09/2017 9:12 pm

    I was thinkig about the post and i need a littlw bit of patiencie to wait some things😱😱😱😱 i like your post the pictures are so great👌and more if it is animals

  52. Shelley Zurek (@stillblondeaaty) permalink
    09/09/2017 9:32 pm

    We have so many deer in our neighborhood. They always seem to come in packs of at least three, do you find that too?

  53. eclectickristal permalink
    09/09/2017 10:55 pm

    I think I would take two picture and then just left. I get so scary around animals.

  54. Kiwi permalink
    09/09/2017 11:12 pm

    I love deers. I have deers like this near my home too they are always around as we have a huge yard. I do feel like humans have taken over their land and put our houses there…kinda sad to think about sometimes but hopefully we can share the land in peace.

  55. Hannah (@northernwrites_) permalink
    10/09/2017 3:37 am

    so cute! I love your photos and the article really made me think

  56. 10/09/2017 4:06 am

    These are some cool photos. Waiting is also a kind of perseverance.

  57. Joanna permalink
    10/09/2017 7:29 am

    I love deer and they live in my area as well but they are not friendly. The only friendly ones I have seen were in a protected area nearby. I passed by on the path, in the woods when I saw an entire heard in front of me. As long as I kept my pace on the path they just looked and didn’t run. It was such a special moment as I have never seen friendly deer in the wild before this experience.

  58. Victoria Heckstall permalink
    10/09/2017 9:00 am

    Your article is really motivates me..Love the awesome photos including the quotes in this motivational article..Keep it up!

  59. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    10/09/2017 9:35 am

    My husband’s sister in law just posted a picture of a deer peering into her kitchen window. I loved that photo. The deer wasn’t spooked at all with someone taking a picture of them. I guess it was just hungry and it wandered to their house hoping and waiting to be given something to eat.

  60. Gladys Parker permalink
    10/09/2017 3:23 pm

    Beautiful pictures of innocence in action! I wish my children and grandchildren could all live as I did as a child with deer, birds, raccoons and a occasional opossum running freely (over our land to watch) without worry.

  61. Kira T permalink
    10/09/2017 4:20 pm

    I love these pictures. It’s amazing that you get this type of wildlife in your own yard! (city girl here). Love your take on waiting… waiting is definitely not my strength!

  62. Fred permalink
    10/09/2017 4:26 pm

    I was in California last summer in Orinda, and there are also deer in that mountain community. Tough to see how human “progress and development” have encroached on the habitat of wild animals. Waiting for some sort of natural balance.

  63. Mimi permalink
    10/09/2017 5:03 pm

    I’ve always thought deers are unique animals. Im also intrigued by their social nature

  64. rochkirstin permalink
    10/09/2017 5:29 pm

    It’s just so nice to be perfectly still and wait for things to happen. But nowadays, patience is hard to get by. Time slows down when we wait and it won’t be long until we call it a day.

  65. uprunforlife permalink
    10/09/2017 7:53 pm

    We have deer that live near our home too. I always love watching them but it is sad that our poor deer are losing their homes to booming construction.

  66. Edith Rodriguez permalink
    10/09/2017 9:20 pm

    So beautiful! I love to have run ins with wildlife but I always respect their space. Love your pictures of this deer you found. 🙂

  67. Eileen permalink
    10/09/2017 11:52 pm

    I love this quote – “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” It is so appropriate with the topic of your post. I guess the deer will keep coming because they have lost their natural habitat. It is a reflection of how we can be so irresponsible sometimes.

  68. 11/09/2017 1:48 am

    Wow you get to be so close to nature. What a great moment to capture in your photography.

  69. Neha Patil permalink
    11/09/2017 2:50 am

    By just waiting, for some time, things fall into their right places…

  70. Marvi permalink
    11/09/2017 3:03 am

    Waiting can be really hard. Sometimes, we need to have that extra patience to get by… I think we can get one or two lesson from the deer… It’s best to wait and not let unexpected moments perturb us.

  71. leslieleon permalink
    11/09/2017 6:55 am

    Wow this is a beautiful photo series! Gotta love the beauty in nature and all it’s creatures

  72. Josselyn Radillo permalink
    11/09/2017 8:46 am

    I didn’t know they transmitted lime disease!
    I think they just keep coming because that used to be their place and they miss their natural habit.

  73. Erinn Sluka permalink
    11/09/2017 9:15 am

    With all the weather challenges and evacuations so many had to leave and wait. What a test and how emotional it must be

  74. tpeskin permalink
    11/09/2017 2:10 pm

    Ah waiting. I have absolutely no patience. Lovely photo. But the poor deer looks like it needs something to eat

  75. nbosken permalink
    11/09/2017 4:36 pm

    You are so right that deer really are not intimidated by people. We are in their territory after all. I love these photos that you got of them in action.

  76. tararaquelfuller permalink
    11/09/2017 8:18 pm

    they are beautiful! i would love to see these in my yard!

  77. mylyricsr4u permalink
    11/09/2017 11:21 pm

    Waiting for me is to enter carefully know your surroundings and when its ok to make a move.

  78. Rosey permalink
    12/09/2017 4:03 am

    We used to have a doe and her baby come to our yard and rest. She would stay awake while her fawn slept, lying right next to it but with her head up. It was sweet. 🙂

    • 17/09/2017 12:17 pm

      WE have that happen too… They are very sweet… even though they destroyed my garden and gave one of my kids lime disease… sigh. 🙁

  79. Monique permalink
    12/09/2017 6:06 am

    I’ve seen so many people say that the deer are everywhere at the moment! one girl I follow on Instagram has a family that visits her every day and she feeds them. too cute

  80. StephJ permalink
    12/09/2017 6:25 am

    They just hang out in your yard? That is adorable! We don’t have deer here but lots of moose.

  81. Chelley permalink
    12/09/2017 11:25 am

    Waiting.. something I am still learning the art of- even in my adulthood!

  82. Myriah Oldfield permalink
    13/09/2017 10:23 am

    Oh wow, how lucky are you to have this happen in your very own backyard! I miss seeing wildlife, beautiful!

  83. Oyinkan permalink
    13/09/2017 7:09 pm

    How do you easily get a pic of deer? It’s totally impossible in NYC! But clearly possible where you’re located.

  84. chariestatistics permalink
    14/09/2017 6:07 am

    What a nice photo series! you made the photos to look more powerful and to show the real beauty of nature. Thumbs up for that!

  85. Phil permalink
    14/09/2017 6:08 am

    I hate waiting but sometimes it is all that I need to do. Things happen for a reason. Great post! It makes me reflect more on what I have been waiting for.

  86. Ebrian Fox permalink
    14/09/2017 10:39 am

    I just knew that deer can transmit lime disease. Still you’re still lucky seeing them appearing in your place. We used to have local deers here in my country when I was still in highschool. But now not even one shows.

  87. Margarette Puno permalink
    15/09/2017 6:18 am

    This is such a great post. I am really good in waiting. And i have never seen a deer. Lol! I think that there is no deer in Philippines.

  88. Tiffany Yong permalink
    17/09/2017 1:16 am

    The deer and doe is gorgeous even when you didn’t catch a sharp picture. I didn’t know that they give us lime disease! Men get what we ask for, and we can’t blame them for being scared of us when we harm them all the time~

  89. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    17/09/2017 7:21 am

    You must live in a pretty cool neighborhood to have both deer and turkeys feeding in your yard.
    Sometimes wating can be a good thing. But there are times when ‘no time like the present’ is fitting.

  90. Nai Elle permalink
    17/09/2017 12:15 pm

    Wow! I have never seen a deer so up close and personal, but these are great pictures.

  91. Tasheena permalink
    21/09/2017 7:37 am

    Sorry about what happened to your garden. I can imagine at the moment when it would happen it’s a lot… I truly feel bad for the animals though. They really don’t have a permanent place to call home.

  92. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    21/09/2017 9:14 pm

    I don’t like to wait but then many times waiting tested my patience and i begin to slowly accept it. By the way, I love how you capture the deer shots.

  93. Ithfifi permalink
    30/10/2017 9:14 am

    This is absolutely amazing, how wonderful that you have these beautiful creatures so close to your home and that you both had the understanding and patience to be able to enjoy each others company without either disturbing each other. Moments like these make me smile and think what a beautiful world we live in!


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