This was taken last weekend, in Port Townsend, Washington (USA). We were amazed at the number of deer that were wandering all over in the middle of town. One of them lay down right next to the car and didn’t move while we photographed her. In all the time that I lived here, I never saw a deer in town. We saw one man trying to chase a couple of them out of his yard with a broom. Unfortunately, this happened while Shaun was trying to get pictures of them.

Taken in September, 2010, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

- Kathleen -

Port Townsend is noted for a vast collection of Victorian homes and significant historical buildings. The city has more than a dozen larger buildings that are well preserved, including the Carnegie Library, the Federal Building (now commonly known simply as the city’s post office), the Rose Theatre and the Elks Lodge, which now houses Silverwater Cafe. There is also Fort Worden with its pre-World War I architecture including the publicly accessible Olympic Youth Hostel. Perhaps the most stunning historical structure in Port Townsend is the Jefferson County Courthouse, a spectacular representation of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style”.

“In 1976, the Downtown waterfront and parts of Uptown were designated a Registered Historic District. Later, Fort Worden (now part of Fort Worden State Park) and the City of Port Townsend were designated National Historic Landmarks. The city is further recognized as one of only three Victorian seaports on the National Register of Historic Places.”

“Because of the speed at which the economy fell in the 1890s and the non-existence of any industry or economy to replace it, none of the Victorian buildings were torn down or built over in the intervening period. They were, in essence, preserved as time capsules for the next 100 years when the value of keeping them intact was appreciated and fostered.”

“The Port Townsend Historic District, an area including many Victorian era buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and further was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.”

[taken from the article on wikipedia.]


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  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I have lived here in NC for years and have yet to see anything other than a squirrel, rabbit or birds. lol

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture:)

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!! Makes you wonder why they are in town all of a sudden!!

  • Thank you! Shaun and I were wondering about that too. Many of the people in Port Townsend are vegans, and I never met anybody there who was into hunting (with the exception of my youngest son). Maybe the deer sense that this is one community where they are safe.

    – rocamiadesign

  • dperalta
    dperaltaabout 4 years ago

    Ooooooo sah-weeeet! what a wonderful capture!

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawabout 4 years ago

    Great shot, Kathleen! But, the little thing looks a bit out of place. I wonder if neighborhood dogs chase the deer?

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    How wonderful – I know they are pests that eat up people’s gardens, but they are so beautiful

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture!

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