Six-Years Ago (24-November-2006) — New Jersey

Vandalism. A tree in my Backyard Toilet Papered.

I set up my D200 with a 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens to take night sky images looking north in my back yard (30 second images + 30 second long exposure noise reduction) once every 2 minutes beginning about 1830 h. The EN-EL3e battery used in the D200 has about a 2 hour life, especially when it is cold. I went out to change in a fresh battery every ~ hour. A little after 20:00 I realized that a tree in my back yard had been toilet papered. Going through the images taken by the camera, I could tell when it happened. I am just glad that they didn’t trip over and/or take the camera and tripod. This was reported to the local Montgomery Township police, but nothing ever came of the report. Probably some local kids since the tree is well within the back yard, and no car lights were seen in the time lapsed video.

Toilet Papered Tree. Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

The toilet papered tree. Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, flash).

Time lapsed video of night sky looking north. The images were taken with a Nikon D200 and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, f/2.8, 30 sec). The toilet papering of the tree occurs at ~47 sec.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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