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Backyard Wildlife: The Twins Are Back!

Twin Mule Deer yearlings: Mike in Tucson, mortgage lender

~ Mule Deer Twins ~

Twin Mule Deer yearlings: Mike in Tucson, mortgage lender

Living with wildlife

I've posted about these two twice since they made their first appearance in my backyard in the spring.  I don't see them often, but I'm sure they're never far away. 

The mother somehow broke her right rear leg just above the hoof last fall, and we weren't hopeful that she would survive the winter. 

She did, though, and these good looking 10 month olds are hers.

Tucson Estates II

Our little community, Tucson Estates 2, is surrounded on three sides by Tucson Mountain Park, which in turn abuts Saguaro National Park (west) to the north.

This corridor of unspoiled desert supports all sorts of wildlife, and we're the happy beneficiaries of Nature's panorama.

I took these two photos (above) this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., just before driving into Tucson Mountain Park to catch the evening's sunset and moonrise. 

This is why we love Tucson. Come visit sometime soon!

Silhouetted saguaros at sunset: Mike in Tucson, mortgage lender


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Comment balloon 54 commentsMike Jones • December 19 2010 09:46PM



Nice photo your soon going to have to start paying the twins a royalty for their photos.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

What a great group of photos here Mike. That is one thing I would love to have where I live, more wildlife! We have the huge opossums and scary raccoons that will face off with the biggest of men, but nothing beautiful like these twins you have here.

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Mike

those sure are some mighty fine looking Mule Deers! Glad their mom was able to survive last winter, that sure does make her Twins even more special to see and enjoy.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

Gorgeous picture of the sunset and cacti. You must really enjoy your hometown.

Posted by Robert Amato (Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc) about 10 years ago

Just beautiful Mike! I can see why you love it there. So happy to hear that momma made it!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 10 years ago


We really do.  Momma Mulie is a survivor!


Yes we do!  See you on your blog.


Howdy back at 'cha!  Aren't they a good looking pair?!


You're only an eight hour drive away.  Come visit!


Ssh...  They don't know.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike, I still have yet to see my first AZ deer.  I'm so glad you share them with your GREAT photos.  Thank you.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike, the twins are looking good! Glad to hear mom fared well too. You do live in a pretty part of the country and I enjoy your photos alot.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 10 years ago

Mike love the photo of the twin mule deer and the sunset photo is just awesome.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 10 years ago

Those sure are some beautiful Arizona deer you have there!! The sunset isn't half bad either! :OD

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 10 years ago

The twins look adorable and so glad the mom's foot appears to have healed well enough to keep her going.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 10 years ago

If the mother survived a broken leg, HOW????

Was there an intervention??? 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

 The strong survive....we had a Mom and 2 fawns that would come visit our backyard on cue whenever it rained...we called them Thunder, Lightning and Rain....they have gone on to greener pastures, but sure are fun to watch...have a very merry.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

Mike always a pleasure to stop by to see what you are featuring from nature and I am never disappointed.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

gear photos, they are good loooking deer! We have this huge buck (at least and 8 pointer) who hangs around our yard. We see him from time to time. One night I woke up about 3 am and looked out the window, and there he was standing tall on the moonlight. He looked very magestic and it was also like he was staring right at me....One day i hope to get some pics of him.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, Greater Good Group (New Home Team 804-573-9592) about 10 years ago

The mother is extremely lucky to have survived a broken leg. Those twins are lucky to have their mom around.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

The twins are beautiful, Mike. And, the sunset is gorgeous too. We had twin deer last year but haven't seen them all this year.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 10 years ago


Thanks for saying so!  Did you get a photo or two?


That's the truth.


I hope you do get those photos.  I'd like to see them.


You're an encourager!  Thanks.


I like the names you chose!  Merry Christmas!


No intervention.  The break was just above the hoof, in the short bone (the hock?).  It looked awful, because she held it up, and the hoof wobbled back and forth as she walked on the other three legs.  We did put out produce provided by out local Albertsons when it was too old to sell or bruised, and she ate that.  The bone gradually healed, and although the leg at that point was thicker than the other leg, she gradually improved, and today has no discernable limp.


She's a survivor!


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


You look just like Mrs. Santa!  :)  Thanks for commenting.


Thanks!  I think that every part of the USA is beautiful.  Some places just require us to look harder.  Believe it or not, there are people here in Tucson who complain about the "drab desert" and wish for other places.


Well, you'll just have to visit your Mom more; they're not hard to find down this way.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Stunning photos, Mike, as always.  I'm so glad you share them with us.  You and Jesse make me want to visit two places I never had any desire to see before - Arizona and Alaska.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mike - Wonderful pictures. I occasionally get to see wildlife in my area. Mostly deer some bears and I have seeing a lot of bald Eagles in the area.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) about 10 years ago

It seems to me there's more wildlife co-mingling in urban areas than ever before.  Maybe it's my imagination, or maybe it's because unlike 50 or 100 years ago we don't view wildlife as "pesky varmints" that need to be exterminated.  Whatever the reason, it's a wonderful thing.  Spotting a couple of deer in your backyard is something I call "wildlife therapy"...

Posted by Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy! (IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM) about 10 years ago

We had orphaned twin white-tailed fawns last year - often seen grazing at the side of the neighborhood streets.  We're not sure what happened to them.  Also, last year we had a doe with tripletts!

There are so many deer iin the neighborhood that we can only have plants that deer don't find delectable unless we plant inside a fence.

Posted by Paul & Diane Boykin (Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens) about 10 years ago

Mike, it looks like the Twins purposely turned to pose for you. Nice shot! The sunset is also fantastic.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

Bambi visiting for the holidays!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 10 years ago

Great photos!

Posted by Dustin McClure (Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty) about 10 years ago




Aren't they beautiful?


I whistled from my sliding glass door.

Paul & Diane,

These three browse the leaves off our Orange tree.


I like the idea of "wildlife therapy."  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Bears and Bald Eagles in Florida?  Who would have thought it?  We want to see photos.


That's the idea!  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Our deer hunting season is drawing to a close and I have seen a small herd in nearby woods !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 10 years ago

AWESOME sunset picture, Mike!  But I did click through for "baby deer" pix....I'm a sucker!  ;)

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Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) about 10 years ago

It is fun to see the local wildlife.  I often have as many as 13 deer in my yard at one time. Makes it hard to have landscaping though.  I really enjoy seeing the flock of turkeys which can often number as many as a dozen. The rare coyote, fox and pheasant are also seen.  Recently saw a hawk attack and capture a small bird in my driveway.

Posted by David J. Stiles about 10 years ago

Just beautiful.  You captured a great photo with that one. Merry Christmas.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mike, I too see deer in my yard once or twice a week.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 10 years ago

Where I live, I miss the sunsets unless I get out and about to enjoy them.  One of the things I hope to remedy after my daughter graduates!  I can always count on you to have captured the glorious color the area brings us.  Thanks once again.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 10 years ago

Love the picture.  Thanks for sharing with us. 

I love to watch wildlife, big or small. God's creatures are truly wonderful.


Patricia/Seacoast Nh & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 10 years ago
I love your wo rk. These two are darling. And I will have to find out what you are doing with your send out cards link. I will message you. Merry Christmas!
Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike - Love the twins and glad their mama is okay.  Does she seem gimpy?  Or was the injury (hopefully) not as bad as first supposed? 

I'm a sucker for a beautiful sunset shot, so I had to sit and stare at yours for a minute.  I used to live at the beach and spent many a night photographing sunset photos there.  My daughter nicknamed me "Sunset Suzi".  I even climbed up on our roof one time to get a special shot, to her embarrassment!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 10 years ago

Wow, these are beautiful.  I understand that hunting is something of a pastime for people, and not to be girly about it, but I simply cannot imagine pulling out a gun and killing these beautiful creatures.  Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Heather Littrell, ABR,GRI,SRES Cabarrus County NC (Keller Williams) about 10 years ago

Mike, you have captured 2 of my favorite things in nature - deer and sunsets!  I love to watch the deer and am glad to hear yours are all right,heading into winter.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, WendeByTheBay.com - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) about 10 years ago

Great shots Mike.


Posted by T Doe about 10 years ago

Wow your deer look fat and sassy. Ours are thinner. I guess not as much protection around here, spend alot of time running for their lives.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) about 10 years ago


The doe is rather thin, but the young ones are fat and sassy!


Thanks.  See you on your blog.


Serendipity!  Merry Christmas!


It just depends on your perspective.  I grew up in the rainforest of South America.  If we didn't shoot it, we didn't eat.

Sunset Suzi,

My wife looked at that sunset photo and commented that it looks like water in the background.


Merry Christmas back at 'cha.


Amen to that!


There's life again after graduation.  :)


I'll be over to your blog to see the photos!


Thanks!  Same to you and yours!


Sounds like you live with nature!


Baby deer will do it every time!  :)


Venison for Christmas!

Mike in Tucson 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike, cute deer, and that sunset is amazing!

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) about 10 years ago

Beautiful photos, Mike!  My husband and I absolutely love Tuscon (and most of Arizona, for that matter) and we keep telling ourselves that we'll retire somewhere in Arizona (although we are SEVERAL years away from doing so).  Thanks for posting, it makes me really want to get back over that way!  Happy Holidays!

Posted by Monica Foster, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, CHMS, CNE, CNHS (Monica Foster Team of eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Wonderful.  I was really worried that she was suffering. 

Clearly she's a good mom and I'm glad folks looked out for her.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing the wonderful wildlife you have right outback with us! You are indeed blessed!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Great pictures!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 10 years ago

Mike, we have a set of twins also in our family! The two little guys are one now. I think their mom is also very thankful to have survived the first year. :)

Posted by Kate Kate about 10 years ago

Asa always stunning pictures! Love that tuscan sunset... beautiful... Merry Christmas!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) about 10 years ago

Of course they came back ... who else would they get to shoot the photo for their Christmas card?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 10 years ago

Mike, there you go again trying to sell us Ugg boots. Ugh. :)

Posted by Kate Kate about 10 years ago


I zapped the spam.  Ugh!


There you go.  :)


What's the temp in Sunny Alaska?  Come visit!


We want photos!


That's the truth!


It doesn't appear to bother her any more.  We're good friends with the Albertson's produce manager now, though.  :)


C'mon back for a visit!


Thanks for saying so!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike....nice post....they do identical. Hope you have a great day!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 10 years ago

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Makes me jealous.  I see wild birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, regular deer, hawks, BUT no mule deer.

Posted by Shirley Soforic (F. C.Tucker co.) about 10 years ago

Those are good shots of those babies.  I guess I haven't really seen too many, I just noticed their ears appear to be full grown... is that what I see?  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

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