What a rare sight… and for hunters would be considered a great “trophy”… HOWEVER.. this doe is in a ‘no hunting’ area and protected within those boundaries.
These White-tailed deer are called Piebald, deer that have either white patches or completely white. There are few that would actually survive to be as healthy as this doe, which makes her a true rare and honored sight.
The genetic effects of the piebaldism happens when both the buck and doe have a specific genetic code. If it is passed on to the fawn, there’s maybe a 50\50 chance that fawn will develop some type of deformity; bent legs, twisted backbones and/or other abnormalities, however some carry on to live happy and healthily lives.
Exploring a new territory, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, while the weather is fantastic and before hunting season begins.
Known either by Red Basil, Scarlett Savory, or Scarlet Calamint….. blooming in spring and late fall, these beautiful clusters of flowers can be seen throughout the CWMA and with their color bursts of red scattered about, they give a nice visual break within the earth tones.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my macro with me, which reminds me to always have it now. Would have loved to get some close up shots of the flowers and leaves.