Deer on the Parkway
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Photo by Sandra
Deer are abundant along the Blue Ridge Parkway. They don’t seem to be very bothered by people. They are too relaxed for their own good, I am sure. The deer hunters in the area can’t have much of a challenge bagging some venison. It was a hard and fast rule, when I was a child, that you did not shoot does. I don’t know about that anymore. I have seen them killed by hunters and no one seemed appalled. Deer have not intrigued me as a subject for art although I have watched them at dusk coming into my brother’s yard to eat apples from a tree in the yard. Their graceful silhouettes, as they stand on their hind legs, are worthy of a painting. I designed a set for a stage version of Bambi for children. A friend turned me on to Franz Marc, who was indeed inspired by deer. I used his style for the set design.