FAWNING OVER BERRY COLLEGE

Because there are so many subjects to report from our day trip to Berry College, this may be a multi-blog Saturday.  The school is 153 miles south of us in Rome, Georgia and is distinguished as having the largest contiguous campus in the world at around 22,000 acres. We first heard of Berry College last winter from another photographer who told Marcy about the School’s bald eagle nest, which is made famous by a 24-hour Webcam focused on eagle parents feeding their young. On the way back from Atlanta back in March, we managed a quick side-trip to visit the eagles and vowed to return.    Last week, another photographer told Marcy about the abundance of fawns on the campus right now, so we figured head down today.   We rolled out of bed at 4:00 AM so we could make the 2 1/2 hour trip with some morning “golden hour” light still on the deer.  Marcy and I both had dreams of getting the perfect shot of baby fawns in the perfect early morning light.  That goal evaded us.  Nevertheless, I do think we got some decent ones.  The pictures we saw from another photographer were fabulous and will be our standard for the next trip.  Today, we shot hundreds of frames between us and I just pulled a few random ones to showcase here.   

Fawn in early morning light on the campus of Berry College, Rome, Georgia

Mom may leave the fawns for an extended time, but will always be back for some licking

… and Junior returns the favor

We’ll pretend that this is Mom, Dad and Junior, but I don’t think it works like that for deer.

The fawns had plenty of playmates …

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[…] After fawn pictures, (see link), Marcy and I headed to the Mountain Campus to continue our exploration of Berry College.   We settled first on a pond to see what we might find.   A swan, ducks, some dragon-fly shots, and good reflections all made for interesting scenes.   A friendly young family showed up next to us and began feeding the waterfowl.   But before too long, the visitor below showed up begging for food as well.   What kind of turtle IS this??  (If you know, tell us and you will win a free full-size image of the beast!) I can report that… Read more »