How lucky am I to be 'having' to do the dishes looking out the kitchen window at this? I saw them earlier in the front yard when the postman came but unfortunately, didn't see what lead them to group in this line. To me, this image is magical. If you have small children, grab them to show them that Santa's deer really do exist. How I wished I had a professional camera AND camera man to better capture this precious moment today. In the past, I've seen them gather for a rest in a 'star' set up so as to have a view of all four directions, but I think the chinook wind lead them to line up here as they did. You can see how the wind has caused the snow to blow up on the side and cut through the snow in the middle where they appear to be enjoying a small patch of bare grass.
I did watch them leave, and when they did, there were seven, cross my heart! I believe.
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