Tuesday (09-August-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

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 doΒ 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 seven Fawns and their den mother.

Goggle+ 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.

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. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 220, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec).
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. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).
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.Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

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

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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