Three-Years Ago (03-November-2014) — New Jersey

Pair of Bucks in My Backyard. Now that it is hunting season, they stay close to the house – and I don’t often see two bucks being peaceful during the rutting season.  The turkey vultures were also soaring looking for road killed deer. More deer are killed by automobiles than hunters.

Bucks in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bucks in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 500 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 500 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (14-October-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

The doe does like to eat acorns.

Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 224 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 224 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (06-July-2017) — New Jersey

The deer keep sniffing around my wildflower meadow. There are several young fawns with spots that pass through the yard with their herd every day. I don’t mind when they eat the grass. Many more wildflower pictures, several with bumblebees working the flowers. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. It is smaller than others that I have seen, so it may be the Snowberry Clearwing Moth. The other interesting thing I saw in the garden were Japanese beetles that appear to be eating the hated “mile-a-minute” vine that has become invasive. As long as the Japanese beetles don’t eat too many of the wildflower plants, I am going to leave them alone.

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Japanese Beetles eating the hated "Mile-a-Minute" vine in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Japanese Beetles eating the hated "Mile-a-Minute" vine in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (02-July-2017) — New Jersey

I have been taking pictures of the backyard wildflower meadow, but have not been keeping up with processing the images. I’ve also been juggling several home renovation projects. Someday, I need to share pictures of the inside projects. The outside patio is also moving along.

Red poppy in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red poppy in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (06-June-2007) — New Jersey

Late afternoon/early evening backyard walkabout. Wildflowers, bumblebees, house finch, and a deer trying to be invisible.

 

Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers (daisies and poppies) and deer in my backyard. So far the deer have been good and not gone into my wildflower meadow. Will all of the rain we have been having here is enough greens for the deer to nibble on. It does look like the deer are attracting ticks.

 

Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Late spring backyard walkabout. More rabbits with red-eye due to reflections of the flash. Instead of red-eye, the deer have a bright white (with a bluish tint) reflection. In addition, daisy wildflowers, a crane fly, and a chipping sparrow.

Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (27-May-2017) — New Jersey

This evening when washing dishes I saw this young buck out the kitchen window checking to see how close he could get to my garden. I quickly got my Fuji X-T2 camera with the 100-400 mm OIS lens to get some pictures. The optical image stabilization (OIS) for this lens really works. The light levels were going down, and I didn’t increase the ISO so these images were taken at 1/15 to 1/45 second — all hand held.

 

Young buck checking to see if I am looking before going into my garden. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 197 mm, f/6.4, 1/40 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Young buck checking to see if I am looking before going into my garden. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 197 mm, f/6.4, 1/40 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (22-May-2017) — New Jersey

The rain returned. I wasn’t able to do any work on the garden today. Yesterday I planted another 50 orange day lilies among my daffodils. I often see them along the roads here in the summer, so hope that the deer don’t like them. I don’t expect to see any flowers this year, but hope to next summer. We will see. The “mile a minute” vine is a real pain. It is invasive and overgrows everything, like kudzu in the south. I think the deer brought it here. Talking about deer, this doe was just outside my laundry room door.

 

Doe just outside my laundry room. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/45 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Doe just outside my laundry room. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/45 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (20-May-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. This deer can’t wait for my Yucca plant to bloom with its sweet and fragrant flowers.