Crabapples for Dessert

Crabapples and Deer

One of the blessings of our one acre property in Sunshine Valley is the frequent opportunity to see deer and other wild game, often grazing on crabapples.. Birdlife is abundant and the squirrels are often comical to watch, particularly in the early spring when they seem to be everywhere looking for mates. Their games of chase are frantic, high speed romps up and down the trees and across the forest floor.

Here at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse in Clearwater, BC, we are blessed to have two small herds of deer in the neighbourhood as well.  A half dozen whitetail deer are often seen along with three or four mule deer. We have learned that the deer love to eat roses. One day my minis will be in bloom, the next the deer will have gotten them all. They enjoy nibbling on our cedars, one in particular is quite malformed from their browsing.

A special treat seems to be the crabapples. In our front yard is a big old crabapple tree of some nearly inedible ornamental variety. It blooms a bright pink in the spring and is quite beautiful and in season it sets massive quantities of fruit. It’s not uncommon to see grouse nestled in the branch picking fruit or for the deer to drop by and have crabapples for breakfast or dessert.

Deer and Grouse

More than once I have been started when a ruffed grouse flushed out of the tree. Sitting invisibly unless you are looking for them they wait until you get close. Then they explode out and away, leaving you to catch your breath. A grouse will not hurt you but they can sure make you jump.

The deer and the grouse are a delight. A real blessing is to look out the living room window and see them munching ten feet away. I sometimes mutter to myself when I have to rake up the fallen fruit in the fall but can’t help smiling when I remember the deer having crabapples for dessert. Or how high I jumped when the grouse startled me.

Mule deer buck and doe enjoying a crabapple feast

 

Crabapples for dessert

 

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