Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Deer and Vultures
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.
One year ago today I drove out to Point Reyes National Seashore to photograph the Lighthouse. I’ve tried to photograph the lighthouse on several previous occasions, but it was always shrouded in fog. I got there early in the morning, and this time it was very clear. In one image, I got the moon way above the lighthouse. I also saw this buck on a ridge in the early morning sunlight.
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.
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.
I’m getting tired of doing deer and need a new subject. Thoughts? Reply as a comment or send me an e-mail.