City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 20, 2016

July 27

Filed under: Bicyclist, Fire, Mammals, Mule Deer — canopus56 @ 10:23 pm

Close Fawn

Noon. Another day of 100 degree heat. The canyon is empty, silent and windless. Near milepost 0.75, around a bend in the road is a single immature female mule deer. I see the fawn first before it sees me, and I freeze motionless. The fawn continues to graze and after a minute or so somehow senses my presence. She looks up and stares at me, but because I remain still, she is unsure if anything is there. We both hear the sound of a bicycle derailleur coming down the canyon. A few quick steps in the deer is hiding behind a bush a foot from the road. A bicyclist, dressed in a bright jersey whose colors are brought out by the midday Sun, streaks by. He is grinning widely and enjoying the sensation of a fast downhill descent that draws many cyclists to City Creek. His unaware of the fawn just inches from the side of the road.

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