During a recent walk on the grounds at Government House, something caught our eye. Can you see it?
A closer look reveals a beautiful, very still, doe.
Then we realize that she is accompanied by two stags. It's amazing that such large animals can virtually disappear just by standing still against a forest backdrop.
Crossing a pathway in front of Government House.
Both stags have lost their left antlers – perhaps in competition for the doe's affections?
We very often see deer in the south and east side neighbourhoods of Victoria. Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of British Columbia, is centrally located in the city and has a large, public accessible, property that includes the "Woodlands" a Gary Oaks parkland that provides a good home to free-ranging deer.