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Friday's Photo: A Living Statue In My Backyard!

A mule deer doe in my back yard this morning in Tucson Estates 2, Tucson, AZ

My folks lived in Clavarack, New York for three decades.  When I'd go visit them, I got used to seeing concrete statues of deer people had placed in their front yards.

I never understood the desire to do that.  I'd much rather have my back yard graced by the presence of living, breathing statues from time to time.

This lady of the desert graced us with her presence this morning at 6:45 a.m.


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Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • October 09 2009 10:32PM


What a great photo - I am glad to captured that living statue....and next to the cactus.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment.  There's no mistaking Arizona, is there?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Great view!

Posted by Jeremy De La Garza, Corpus Christi, TX (Corpus Christi Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Mike - Can you send me some of those great Arizona cactuses to me?

Posted by FN LN over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, Now that is my idea of a beautiful statue. Captured in a moment in time, they will live to grace another yard as a stature. Beautiful photo and I am guessing that it was a special time for you this morning to have been a part of this.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 11 years ago


You are quicker, or your deer are more trusting.

I had 12 point and 8 point bucks rubbing their antlers on saplings behind the house a week ago.

Too slow to get a photo...


Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 11 years ago

No matter how many times I see them I still watch them until they run away.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

That is amazing, Mike.  You are really quick with that camera.


Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 11 years ago

Beautiful Shot as Usual! gorgeous animals!  Looks so nice and warm there!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 11 years ago


Mike, I am with you, I do not see the value in placing concrete statues in the yard. I have enough pesky deer in the yard...

Helping you live your American dream...


Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mike:  Awesome photo and I've never seen deer and cacti together like this.  It's quite a contrast when you live in my part of the world.  What graceful animals.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago

You are so lucky!

Here's what I saw this morning out my window. My tomato plants... and snow.

Posted by Donna J. Stephens, CRS (BHHS Ambassador Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Mike - Another great shot. If they stand still, you would have a hard time spotting them from a distance. We had one eat our tomato plants for the first time this year.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: She is beautiful - I want one! Thanks for sharing her with us.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

Hello Mike, that is one fine photo -- and subject!  We tend to have too many deer in our neighborhood -- this year they've hit our roses, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beans, .... John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

They are such beautiful animals!  I love the term "lady of the desert" that you used.  Very nice shot!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Mike, The only deer I see in NY anymore at are Fire Island or all the way out East.  They are absolutely magnificent creatures.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

Beautiful shot that you captured.  Great sight to wake up  to.  Thanks for sharing!  Enjoy your Sunday.



Posted by Chris Minion (O'Brien Realty) over 11 years ago

We have an entire herd that moves up from the valley behind our home through the back yard to the neighbors home where he feeds about 50lbs of corn every week. I have often fantasized about how his head would look on the wall next to some othe horn collection. OOPS, did I say that?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Very nice shot Mike. Up here in Vail we get plenty of coyote and javelina (and the occasional cow) in our yard, but no dear. I think all the new subdivisions in the last few years have pushed them a little further out into the Rincons. Shame.

Have a great long weekend.


Posted by Simon Smart (Sunstreet Mortgage, Arizona) over 11 years ago


How cool is this! Great shot and hard to believe how still this lady of the desert can stand!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

What did she find to munch on?  Seems they always come by for a snack.  Nice yard!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

Mike, thanks for your great shot and for me an unexpected pleasure.  Once upon a time I had a houseboat at Black Meadow Landing on Lake Havasu and almost every weekend my temporary backyard in some cove contained raccoons, water birds galore, donkeys more heard than seen, a bobcat once, a million bats as the sun went down and in the morning assorted other critters.  I never saw a deer but the abundance of life in the desert is really amazing.  In a way, the deer in your back yard should give hope to all.  If a deer can survive in the Arizona desert then we will certainly survive this economy.

Posted by Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage (LoanOfficerSchool.com) over 11 years ago

Mike - I'm a few days late, but once again ... a fabulous photo!  I just love to watch the deer in their natural habitat.  There is something rather regal about them.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago


We sure enjoy the wildlife here in Tucson.


I appreciate your comment; we expect that a reversal in the direction of the current debt-driven-congress will lead to an improved economy.  Absent that, I'm not too hopeful.


She came into the yard to drink from one of our bird-baths.


She didn't remain there long--just long enough for me to snap the shutter.


If you have open range cows, you have deer.  They're just not showing themselves when you're out and about.


Are you a bowhunter?




I used to see them along the Thruway, munching grass by the side of the road, oblivious to the cars whizzing by.


She's very much a lady, isn't she?


All those good munchies that you plant just for them...  LOL


Thanks for stopping by.


When they're in the brush, they're invisible when they're still.

Donna S,

An early snow!  Come visit Tucson.

Donna Y,

She is magnificent, isn't she?


Pesky is in the eye of the beholder.  :)


It is warm; come visit!


I am, aren't I?  LOL


Me too.


I'd like to have seen a picture of that!


Right you are!  The doe moved down to a neighbor's yard and bedded down in the wash behind the house.  We really enjoy seeing them.


Our Canadian neighbors here in this little community bought the lot next door to their house to create a cactus garden.  You ought to come visit!


Thanks for stopping to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Sorry I missed the mule deer yesterday, but I prefer corn feed white tail, they're much better eating!

Statues of deer are dangously stupid! They invite fools and vandles to shoot at your house.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago


I never thought of the danger angle.  Makes perfect sense.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Great title and pose. She really does look she is part of the backyard scenery. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago


I love this living statue.  They seem to be appearing more and more in my neighborhood although the vegetation and colors around the ones here are a big contrast with yours.  You will see what I mean if you check out my latest post.  Thank you for the smile!  :)

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 11 years ago

That's a beautiful deer and a wonderful pose.

How did you get that doe to pose for you?

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 11 years ago

Just love it when the wildlife comes into the yard -- they are so beautiful.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

The wonders of nature ... What a beautiful way to start the day, Mike!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Mike  We may not have the cactus in our backyard, but we have deer coming to eat our hostas  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago


Take a photo or two!


It was extraordinary.


We want to see pictures... :)


She walked up out of the wash and stopped to look around.  I whistled softly.


Snow!  Are you planning a trip to the warm?


That's what I thought too.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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