Staring Down White-Tailed Deer in Baltimore County, Maryland
A runner passes along on narrow, rocky trails. The cool shade licks at skin, already glowing with sweat and mud, and cobwebs. Shards of light escape through the tall canopy, stopping to dance upon the forest floor. Perhaps they dance to the songbirds, heard calling to each other in the distance. Suddenly, a fluttering beyond the trail reveals the stiff, delicate frames of three young deer, frozen in fear at the panting, red-faced human. A staring contest ensues. The moment seems to last for hours, until a cupped-palm clap rings out in the still wood. The trio takes off, tufts of white bouncing away in retreat. On the miles of interconnecting trails in northeast Baltimore County—just a 25-minute hop from downtown Charm City—Mother Nature shows her spontaneous side. This is particularly true in the area around the Loch Raven Reservoir, where paths cross through wooded peaks, stream valleys, and pastoral fields.