David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. Images I post on Google+ are also forwarded to this Photo blog. I am a retired chemist that worked nearly thirty years in the Pharmaceutical industry. I took my first DSLR camera on a road trip across the United States, and became hooked, with my new passion becoming a photographer. I now spend all my time traveling and taking pictures. Since then I have visited over 50 countries, many on Semester at Sea voyages. My photographic interests include travel, the natural world, landscapes, and photographic techniques. I always want to learn something new and the only way to become better is to learn from mistakes.

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09-August-2011

Backyard Deer Nursery.

The deer population in New Jersey is out of control. Because of all of the damage to gardens and shrubbery, deer have been labeled “rats with hooves”. The only natural predator of deer in New Jersey, and many other states is the automobile (been there, done that, don’t want to do it again). On the other hand, let nature be — and use it as a subject to photograph.

When I got home this evening, there was a Doe working the shrubbery on my driveway. Further down the driveway I saw a Buck (with a larger rack) and two fawns resting in the shade. I got a few images out of the car window, but nothing special. When I went onto the deck to check on my tomatoes, I saw many Fawns and a Doe. By the time I got the camera up the Seven Fawns started running to their den mother. When I tell folks that I can come home and find a dozen deer in my yard, they often roll their eyes in disbelief. Tonight there were a dozen all viewed with 30 minutes. The following “grab” images are of the 7 Fawns and their den mother Doe.

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For anyone still reading this, it was about a year ago that my Facebook account was hacked and started sending out a lot of junk in my name. It also appeared that my computer was compromised and was sending a lot of data to external sites. The only way I could stop it was to delete my FB account, and restore my computer hard drive to a point several days earlier. It was at that point that I started my “image of the day” photoblog using WordPress and PhotoShelter. A few days ago, I got an invite to join the beta of Google Plus (Google+ or G+). So far it looks interesting. I don’t think that it will replace my “image of the day” photoblog. If you want an invite to join the G+ beta send me an e-mail.

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Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 220, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 220, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec).

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Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).

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Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven Fawns Running and the Den Mother Doe in My Backyard. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

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I’m getting tired of doing deer and need a new subject. Thoughts? Reply as a comment or send me an e-mail.

 

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