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The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River at Alton, Il, is one of those local wonders that never ceases to give me pleasure.

Last night, I spent an hour or so capturing these delicious sunsets. I was not alone. After a period of some considerable attention to my camera and tripod, I looked to my left and saw, a little way down the trailway, six deer regarding me.

They were far enough away not to be disturbed by my movements, so they stayed and watched me the whole time I was there. I was glad they were – they made good if distant company.