deer

One tree, one year

Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito kept a surveillance camera running for a year, aimed at a single tree in the Apennines (a mountain range in central Italy).

Numerous animals pass by the tree including boars, wolves, foxes, badgers, deer, and a bear (among others) who decides to scratch his back on the tree. This video is edited so that seasons fly by and animals come and go in succession.

Fascinating and brilliant.

[via Kottke.org]

Fawn hiding

Fawn hiding

Kent, Connecticut. Hiking along the Appalachian Trail north of Kent we stopped for water and were standing around talking when Dave looked behind us and saw this fawn hiding in the ferns a few feet off the trail. It’s young enough so that it’s still nursing and its mother was off eating, leaving the fawn hidden. Fawns have no scent so if they can stay still predators will walk by them. Of course, keen eyed photographers can sometimes find them. This fawn hung out for a few minutes then sprang up and ran deep into the woods before we even knew what had happened.