I was walking near the pond down in the canyon today, and decided to explore a small stream that runs from the pond. This area was impassable before the fire, and now has a far lower profile of mostly berry brambles.
As I approached the stream, a family of blacktail deer emerged from a copse of trees and bushes just on the other side, a large buck, and several does and fawns. They mostly hid again, and as I got closer, one more doe got up on my side of the stream and walked away.
None of them were too concerned about my presence, and I realized this is the same herd that is frequently around the house, and knows my scent quite well, so they knew who I was. I was careful not to walk onto their resting area across the stream, or challenge their space.
It was a wonderful meeting! Here are eight pictures, including a dove and a fall red leaf as I approached the pond and stream. Enjoy!