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Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving dinner
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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-25 16:55
Viewed: 3678
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo yesterday after we had our Thanksgiving dinner. Not only was the doe eating her Thanksgiving dinner, but the first Thanksgiving dinner included venison, not turkey as we know it today.

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. While cooking methods and table etiquette have changed as the holiday has evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of celebration and overindulgence.

What Was Actually on the Menu?
What foods topped the table at the first harvest feast? Historians aren't completely certain about the full bounty, but it's safe to say the pilgrims weren't gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing with their mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621 feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources. The most detailed description of the "First Thanksgiving" comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." The feast also included lobster, seal and swans.

The food that was eaten at the harvest feast would have seemed fatty by today's standards, but it was probably more healthy for the pilgrims than it would be for people today. The colonists were more active and needed more protein. Heart attack was the least of their worries. They were more concerned about the plague and pox. (historychannel.com)

I shot this photo through my parents' bedroom window so the quality is less than ideal.

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"Meanwhile, the heart is beating quickly, the adrenalin rush is pulsating through the veins, suddenly," Click!
BANG, BANG, BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's hunting season here, Alli. Today is the last day. I can finally say, I got my Deer, or Dear, here, LOL
It's a nice little Bambi or Bambette. Well done on the composition.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-26 1:45]

What beautiful eyes your deer has. I think it is a fine shot, Alli. The details are sharp, the light is good, the POV is excellent. You did a good job capturing the daintiness of this graceful animal. Well done and TFS. : )

Excellent capture Alli,
Very tasty looking meal!!
Good detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

Great shot Anna Lu. Perhaps not technically perfect but well done, none the less. Very fitting Thanksgiving Day post with an excellent writeup on the holiday itself.
Thank you!

Hi Alli,
Exellent shot on this vey young White Tail. Looks like it is barely old enough to have outgrown its spots. Great colors and detail here. You better not invite Mike over until after hunting season ends.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-27 3:26]

Ha! I thought you were telling us that THIS was your thanksgiving dinner Alli!
Sweet little Bambi, so soft and tiny. Lovely shot of it and esecially through the window. Of to live so close to these wild animals. Wow!!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-27 10:20]

Hahaha! The title is hilarious ... it made me laugh out loud. :) I like the picture and this sure is a view I would like to have from my window. I like the shot, but I wonder what the blurred pieces are? Is it a dirty window or is it artificial blur? If it's the latter, than I don't like it. ;) Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-28 3:54]

Hello Alli!
Excellent capture.I liked sharpness,POV,clear details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Very beautiful image of this deer, I like their colors, combine well animal and background. Itīs a pity that towards the edges is a part that is not to focus. It must be reason why you say.

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