We have a 3500 square foot fenced area in our backyard. The original thought was that it would make a nice place for Cookie to roam unattended. The cottontail that lives in the area thinks it is a nice place to lay her bunnies. Some years I caught her at it and ran her off. Some years Cookie got the bunnies.
This spring Mrs. Cottontail built her nest and populated it before we were aware of what was going on. Cookie, though, guided us directly to the nest. We pulled him off and banished him from his yard, thinking, "Oh, well, a few weeks and the bunnies will be grown and gone."
Yesterday, just as darkness enveloped our world, I spotted the doe in the middle of the yard. Not really expecting much, I aimed the camera and snapped this somewhat astonishing picture.