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.