On Big Meadow



  1. Oh my goodness, what beautiful photos! I love the ones of the deer the most – just lovely!

  2. Maribeth says:

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. Just beautiful. I think they may be some of my favorites you have posted!

  3. Love, Love, Love your pics!!!

  4. Great pictures, as usual, Ginny. I was going to ask if you have a zoom lens, but it sounds like the deer were just so friendly that you were able to get close up shots of them! I’m glad you and your family got a trip to your peaceful Big Meadow. What a great way to spend time as a family.

  5. Children in fields just make great pictures and your are just Perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  6. rhoooo so beautifull !

  7. Your pictures are so beautiful! I know you talked about your camera before, but what type do you use and would you recommend it for a beginner with little experience? If no, is there one you would recommend? Thank you. I enjoy reading your blog. It is one of my favorites!

  8. Gorgeous! I spent the day with my kids hiking in the Redwoods. There is something so magical about watching your kids tromp through the wilderness.

  9. what amazing shots! i can’t imagine such wide open fields filled with sweet deers…but thank you for letting me try through your pictures!

  10. Rachel D says:

    LOVE! Reminds me of the beginning of Little House on the Prairie ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. WOW! Great shots!

  12. so, i must be the only city girl commenting today. Everyone is saying how lovely and relaxing you photos are and i’m thinking how brave you guys are to be that close to deer AND in all of that tall grass. heh:o)

  13. Jennifer says:

    those deer are nearly tame. I love your photographs of the flowers. (and your family, of course) We were there in November, and it was completely covered in snow and ice. We could hardly walk without falling! A beautiful spot in the world

  14. what peaceful, extraordinary photos! Love! Happy Weekend to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Thank you. These pictures are so beautiful and calming. So glad you were able to go with your family…

  16. Stunning. I am in awe of your photography here – I can *feel* these photos, not just look at them. Amazing. I love the one of your boy and the deer contemplating each other (16th or so up from the bottom).

    No wonder you were desperate to go here. Such magic!

  17. Hi Ginny,
    These pictures are so beautiful. I’m amazed the deer came so close to all of you, what an amazing experience.


    P.S. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into your blog, I look forward to visiting this space all the time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Sooo beautiful!! That looks like so much fun. Beautiful pictures as always. I love seeing the wildlife near you.

  19. I can’t believe how close you got! Check everyone for ticks!!! Beautiful shots. Glad you got to go, I know you really wanted to.

  20. Well you got to see your spotted fawns… How lovely. On another note, do you know what that purple-ish wildflower/weed is in your photos? I’m sure if I looked it up I could figure out but I’ve been wondering about it myself this summer… And I think it is cute that when the sun is in Bea’s eyes she always looks so determined.

  21. Well you got to see your spotted fawns… How lovely. On another note, do you know what that purple-ish wildflower/wedd is in your photos? I’m sure if I looked it up I could figure out but I’ve been wondering about it myself this summer… And I think it is cute that when the sun is in Bea’s eyes she always looks so determined.

  22. Thank you for bringing me back there. It makes me reflect fondly on our time there last year.

  23. loving your pics, but living in VA myself (eastern shore temporarily) …. HOW do you avoid being absolutely ATTACKED by red deer ticks?? i can be in short grass and they get me ….

    • We do get ticks including on this day, but we just check ourselves thoroughly and pull them off. We all did tick checks after being on the meadow even before we drove home. (I brought changes of clothes too.) I’ve always lived in tick infested areas, so they don’t feel like a big deal to me. Just part of being outdoors. Even at home, we have to always be on the lookout!

  24. How gorgeous. I love being in natural surroundings. Love the girls dresses!

  25. Kate Talley says:

    You take such beautiful pictures! The one where Jonny has Silas on his shoulders is darling. I read in an earlier post that you got some medical help for your respiratory mess. Good job! I try to take care of most things at home , like you do, but with my lungs….well, I am super grateful for modern meds at hard times. Those deer are so beautiful! The close ups of their eyes remind of Jersey cows! I love jerseys. I am trying to talk my husband into getting one. We used to be part of a milk share and we miss fresh, raw milk so much! Wow….this comment….adult ADD much?! Haha. I hope you are feeling well, I pray for you daily. Watch for a package soon. Xoxo Kate Talley

  26. Wow, what great pictures! I love the one of your son almost face to face with that deer. Amazing! And is that Vixen? Looks like y’all had a great time. Beautiful place for sure.

  27. beautiful and so peaceful. I love all your photos.

  28. So beautiful!

  29. Lovely photos, I love wild flowers, please just be tick aware, speaking as someone from the UK who managed to pick a Lyme disease, is really is no fun. x
    Clare xxx

    • I’m sorry to hear about your Lyme disease! Yes, where we live it is necessary to check for ticks every single day (even in winter sometimes!) whether we are at home or visiting national parks etc.

  30. Willemijn Maljaars says:

    I understand you needed to go there Ginny! I think I NEED to go there too!

  31. wonderful. one day my family and i will have to make a trek out east and visit Big Meadow. <3

  32. Hey Ginny,
    It looks like your trip was amazing. Just a quick question…do you know the name of the flower/weed that is in the second picture from the top? My daughter Josephine thought that it was Joe pie weed(namely because she wants it to be ‘her’ flower:), but after researching, we don’t think it is. If you could help us out, I’d appreciate it! Thanks.

  33. I cannot believe how close those deer are to ya’ll! I love to see them this time of year when their antlers are growing back, covered with velvet. Beautiful pictures. It looks like you enjoyed your time there.

    • I couldn’t believe that buck. He just kept coming closer and closer, and I kept talking to him, reminding him that I was there! This is the first year we saw deer with tags and collars–I wonder what they’re doing?

      • I was going to say the same thing, those deer must be quite friendly! I love the one where a deer and one of your boys are having a staring contest! Since most deer migrate they could be doing some study on where they are heading every year. Especially if there has been a problem with over-hunting, then they know which areas to protect.

        That is really a beautiful place ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  34. Ah! The fawns and the daisies!

  35. just beautiful Ginny! I hope you are feeling better after your trip! We leave tonight for a little R & R as well!


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