Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lean on Me

Meet Bob - my father in law.
And his deer.
They're becoming really good friends.
This lovely guy stops by almost every day to visit... some corn...

...and some fruit.

He and Bob have a little chat.

Then Bob's very, very lovely wife lets Bob's friend munch on her flowers.

He wanders around the yard - sometimes laying down for a rest.

After all that munching, he needs a little drink.

If you're lucky, he'll strike a pose...

....before one last little snack.
And he's on his way.

When I'm in Oregon, surrounded by farms and constantly wowed by mother nature,
I'm reminded of an interdependence that seems 
meant to be.
My in laws care for all the birds, chipmunks, cats, bunny rabbits 
and deer
that come and visit them.
All the critters are home here.
Just as I've always been!

When I listen to the song "Lean on Me" I hear a plea to just get real
and admit we need each other.
Sometimes I'll have my act together, sometimes you will...

"Lean on me, when you're not strong,
And I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on.
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on.
You just call on me brother when you need a hand.
We all need somebody to lean on."

I'm gonna miss Bob, his sweet wife...and his handsome deer.
But I'll bring home with me this sweet kindness...

...this reminder of how good it can be when we learn to rely on each other.

Excited to be linking up with Kathy for


  1. Clapping and chuckling at the same time...yes I look funny. Haha. This is GREAT Adrienne! Love the story and the connection you made to the song. But mama Mia! That looks like its gonna be one big buck!!! Hope your dad-in- law is careful! Thanks for linking up to Song-ography AND thanks for next week's song "Both Sides Now" mind is already brewing :)

  2. Wow that is just awesome! I can't imagine how exciting it would be to get this close to that buck. I do agree that he needs to be careful but I'm sure he probably knows that. Amazing connection between man and animal. Your thoughts behind this series were spot on.

  3. This is very sweet! What a beautiful deer and beautiful shots. I really like that first one--a man and his deer!

  4. Nature is just so amazing!! The picture of him drinking from the fountain is great! Nicely done, nicely done!

  5. oh this is so sweet...i just love the photo of the deer and the flowers! Such a sweet connection!

  6. What a lovely story and memory to have. And that fact that it's a buck is great. You'll have to continue to take photos over time to capture the growth of his rack. Happy Sunday!

  7. Bob's friendly deer has a good gig going on - free flowers, water, corn and fruit. Nice! Fun collection.

  8. She must be a very nice lady indeed...letting the deer munching happily away on her flowers! I love what you have written about your in-laws,they must be very special people.

  9. Beautiful! Love your interpretation and love that Bob and his wife are so attuned to nature around them.

  10. This is heartwarming! I love how they do coexist and the deer is so at home, drinking from the fountain. My favorite is of the deer with the flowers. These are amazing photos!

  11. My daughter would love to visit here. How cool to have a deer stop by for food, drinks, and chats. Seriously amazing stuff here!

  12. that's wonderful. I can't help but think that it's a shame to see them have to live like this though. They become dependent on the Bob's and when Bob moves the next home owner may not be so kind.

  13. This post really touches my heart. To see a deer and a human interact in this way is amazing. You really got some great shots.

  14. oohhhh adrienne, you know how much i LOVE this entry, what a WONDERFUL experience!!

    your images are just amazing, what a great place to see and experience nature!!

  15. Totally amazing and very, very beautiful post! I adore deer and always am thrilled when they come here for a visit:)
    Loved this one!