Odocoileus virginianus – Albino Whitetail Deer
How often do you get to see an albino deer in the wild? Depending on where you find the statistics on the web, you have somewhere between 1 and a million to 1 and 100,000 chance that you will see one.
But the real question is how often will you actually have a camera with you when you see one? I couldn’t find statistics for that one! But what ever the odds are, we were blessed with both of these “against all odds” events a few years ago. These were taken on Hwy 46 between Grassland and Leipers Fork, just south of the Harpeth River.
I originally posted them on the Vision Tennessee site, which has since been removed, so I thought I’d keep a copy of them posted here.
Of course, this is a good opportunity for a redneck test. When you see this picture do you admire the incredible diversity of creation or do you say to yourself, “hum – bet that would make a good roast”? Admittedly, I had an internal conflict. First I said “wow that is an incredible creature”, then I lamented not having my gun… then I realized I had my camera. I quickly snapped these shots and turned the truck around and pulled into the driveway just above the rise seen in the picture below.
As you can tell from the different shots, I was able to spend a few moments watching them. Once I was in the driveway I was trying to figure out the best way to get close to them. As I was headed down one side of a rock wall the three deer headed up the other side. I heard one of them break a branch or make some noise and quickly ran back up towards the edge of the driveway to see the two brown deer dart across the other side of the road. The white one was scared by the car and circled back within 20 feet of me. Unfortunately the shot was washed out from the reflection of the sun either in the guardrail or the stopped car – I forget.
Either way, it made for a fun mini adventure on the way into town and some pretty cool pictures to look at. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.