Fireweed. The icon of fire-blackened forests. A flower of high summer. Tall spikes of bright pink that capture the eye from afar.

It seems they’ve also caught the attention of the whitetail deer who wander into our yard from the woods. They eat fireweed like cotton candy, rolling their tongues along the stems, pulling off blooms and buds and leaves.

Now you see ’em …


Now you don’t …

Fireweed stripped bare by whitetail deer

Well there’s always next year. šŸ™‚

Fireweed Ā  Ā Epilobium angustifolium
Whitetail deer Ā  Odocoileus virginianus





5 thoughts on “Stripped

  1. Oh, deer! That made me laugh. They do enjoy their flowers. I know for a fact that they favor suburban camellias, too. Your cotton candy comparison is interesting. I wonder if some plants do taste sweet to them, like candy?


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