Dear deer candy…

Snow packed Yews copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Snow packed Yews copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Last night’s fresh layer of snow formed a condensed blanket on these Yews as the sun’s heat competed with the airs 14-degree temperature this afternoon.

Blanketed Yew copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Blanketed Yew copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Yews (Taxus) is the food of choice, sweet treat, when the deer cross border from the forest preserve into our garden. As the snow covers any remaining plant life, on the forest floor, it becomes more and more common place to have morning and afternoon visits with our neighbors. The result is tidy shrubs and contented deer.

Evening image of deer feasting on Yews, winter of 2012;  copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

Evening image of deer feasting on Yews, winter of 2012; copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

For information on the preferred diet of deer, check out http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/.

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