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Saint Francis DeSales

The White Hart


We often look out across the meadow on the other side of the street from our house and see deer grazing. It is always a treat to see them and we often stop what we are doing to enjoy their grace and beauty. This morning James spotting a white deer among them. We thought at first, from a distance, that it was an albino deer, but you can see from the photo I took that it is instead a white deer, as it has brown and black areas on him. This deer is "white - but not albino - as a result of a rare genetic mutation resulting in a condition called leucism which changes the animal's pattern of pigmentation. The parents of a white hart can both be brown - they just need to have the same recessive gene to produce a white calf. The white hart...(is) in Arthurian legends, where its appearance was a sign to Arthur and his knights that it was time to embark on a quest. Even today, white harts are seen to be lucky charms, and anyone who spots one is said to have a dose of good fortune just around the corner." (source) 
Perhaps it soon will be time for us to embark on our own quest.

11 comments:

  1. How wonderful to see something so special!! We have seen a lot of deer at our house, but never a white one. I hope its spotting is a lucky charm for your family :)

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  2. This is so very special! Growing up we had a "White Stag" who wintered in our pastures. He was actually tagged and protected. Thanks for the awesome lesson on why the deer is white. Very cool!

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  3. Anonymous19.10.11

    In all my years in NY & PA I have only seen one white deer and it was way up on top of a hill so I could not get a close up view of him/her. It was fantastic you got a great close up picture of him to see the colors on the fur.
    Nature is AMAZING!

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  4. Anonymous19.10.11

    Sorry Phyliss that last post was from me, forgot to put my name.
    Donna
    http://homeschoolingsunnyflorida.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wow!! How completely awesome!! You are so fortunate to see him!!

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  6. What a beautiful gift! Thanks for sharing with your readers :)

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  7. What an awesome sight to see.

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  8. How magical! And what a view!

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  9. Wow, what a neat thing to get to see in person.

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  10. A white heart reminds me of Narnia too! Cool picture!

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  11. Thank you for sharing! I learned something new today :)

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