This Black-Tailed Deer was one of two who had crossed one of the trails at the Maplewood Conservation Area in the late morning of May 3, to nibble the grass on the other side (which apparently is greener!) Before she started on her brunch, however, she looked back for a few moments at the photographer. She showed no fear at the sight of me … being quite habituated to the sight of humans wandering through her realm.
To me, this deer, the forest, and our unexpected encounter–far from cars, smartphones, skyscrapers, and the other trappings of human civilization–collectively symbolize the unadorned wonder, resilience, and fragility of nature. None of which I should ever take for granted. See more examples of Symbol here.