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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Today (21-October-2017) — New Jersey

After finishing Saturday chores around the house I noticed a few Monarch butterflies in my wildflower meadow. I spent the rest of the afternoon out with a camera. They need to start migrating soon as it has been getting cold at night.

Pair of Monarch Butterflies sharing a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (David J Mathre)

Pair of Monarch Butterflies sharing a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (12-October-2017) — New Jersey

A number of small birds are going after the sunflower seeds in my wildflower garden. I hope they let a few drop to the ground for next years crop.

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tufted Titmouse looking for sunflower seeds. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (11-October-2017) — New Jersey

I noticed a Praying Mantis, the autumn insect warrior working in my backyard. It just ate a cricket for lunch.  There are still a lot of flowers in the garden. A variety of Morning Glory and Cosmos blooms. The bees are still working hard to harvest nectar and pollen.

Autumn Warrior -- Praying Mantis. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)

Autumn Warrior — Praying Mantis. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


Today (10-October-2017) — New Jersey

Autumn flowers in my backyard garden & wildflower meadow.

Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/420 sec). (David J Mathre)

Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/420 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Red Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec). (David J Mathre)

Red Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Pink Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Pink Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (10-October-2016) — New Jersey

The folks to install the solar panels on my roof arrived. It ultimately took a few days, and many more before the building inspector approved the work to cross-connect the power generated by the sun to my house.

Solar Panel Installation. Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)

Solar Panel Installation. Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)

 


One-Year Ago (08-October-2016) — New Jersey.

I noticed a toad trying to get into my garage. Probably looking for a warm space to spend the winter. I wonder how many crickets it had to eat to get this big???

Toad trying to get into my garage. Fall Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 60 mm, f/5, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)

Toad trying to get into my garage. Fall Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 60 mm, f/5, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)

Today (07-October-2017) — New Jersey

For the last few days, I have been seeing Monarch Butterflies in my wildflower garden/meadow. They seem to like the marigold flowers.

 

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

One-Year Ago (07-October-2016) — New Jersey

Star and jet trails — Southern view. Composite of 40 images processed using Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC.

Star and jet trails, southern view. Composite of 40 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Star and jet trails, southern view. Composite of 40 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (07-October-2013) — Arizona

Sunset Panorama over Sedona, Arizona.

 

Sedona Panorama at Sunset. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sedona Panorama at Sunset. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (05-October-2017) — Ellis Island

A Nikonian friend stopped by on his way to the fall ANPAT get together in Maine. We spent the day doing a pre-ANPAT visit to Liberty State Park, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Little Planet View. Flag at half-mast and Manhattan skyline from Ellis Island. Composite of 33 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/4700 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Little Planet View. Flag at half-mast and Manhattan skyline from Ellis Island. Composite of 33 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/4700 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

 


Today (04-October-2017) — New Jersey

A Painted Lady butterfly on a yellow flower in my garden. I also saw a Monarch butterfly, but it didn’t stay still long enough to have its picture taken.

Painted Lady Butterfly on a Yellow Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Painted Lady Butterfly on a Yellow Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (02-October-2017) — New Jersey

A number of Black-capped Chickadee’s and Tufted “Black-crested” Titmouse¬† (Titmice?) have descended on my backyard wildflower meadow to gouge on the sunflower seeds.


Today (21-August-2017) — New Jersey

Happy Eclipse Day! Some home renovation issues kept me in New Jersey for the eclipse. I set up a Nikon D810a camera with 45 mm f/2.8 lens and a 20 stop neutral density filter to take images every 4 minutes from just before the eclipse started. Unfortunately, clouds moved in just before the maximum (~78% coverage). The sun and moon reappeared shortly thereafter. The following image is a composite over the 160 minute period of the eclipse. The eclipse also reduced the amount of electricity produced by my solar panels. The two graphs show the hourly production of electricity for the day before the eclipse and during the eclipse. You can see a significant drop when the moon was blocking the sun. My brother Hans was in Tennessee with his family to observe the total eclipse. He sent me an image that he took with a Nikon D3 camera and a 200-400 mm f/4 lens and TC-E II 2.0 teleconverter at totality.

Partial Solar Eclipse in New Jersey. Composite of forty images taken with a Nikon D810A camera and 45 mm f/2.8  PC-E lens (ISO 200, 45 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) and a 20-stop neutral density filter. (David J Mathre)

Partial Solar Eclipse in New Jersey. Composite of forty images taken with a Nikon D810A camera and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 45 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) and a 20-stop neutral density filter. (David J Mathre)

 

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Total Solar Eclipse in Tennessee. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200-400 f/4 telephoto zoom lens with a TC-E II 2.0 teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). (Hans K. Mathre, Hans K. Mathre)

Total Solar Eclipse in Tennessee. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200-400 f/4 telephoto zoom lens with a TC-E II 2.0 teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). (Hans K. Mathre)

Today (12-August-2017) — North Carolina

I stopped at the Arthur Morgan school near Burnsville, North Carolina to pick up three folks that spent eight weeks attending the the 2017 Arete project. We then traveled north on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Tile dragon in the shower room at Arthur Morgan School near Burnsville, North Carolina. Composite of 5 mages taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)

Tile dragon in the shower room at Arthur Morgan School near Burnsville, North Carolina. Composite of 5 mages taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)

 

Rest stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)

Rest stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)


 


Today (10-August-2017) — New Jersey

The well drilling company arrived early this morning to drill two holes for a closed-loop geothermal heat pump. The heat pump will replace my oil furnace, oil hot-water heater, and air conditioner. One more step to reduce my carbon footprint.

Two wells being drilled for a closed loop geothermal heat exchange pipe. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 or 11-23 mm lens. (David J Mathre)

Two wells being drilled for a closed loop geothermal heat exchange pipe. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 or 11-23 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


Seven-Years Ago (10-August-2010) — Nevada

Zombie hitch-hiker just outside Great Basin National Park.

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 220 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 220 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Zombie Sunflower Farmer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Today (08-August-2017) — New Jersey

Some images from my afternoon walkabout in the backyard wildflower meadow.

Tuffie the one-eyed cat caught hunting on the wrong side of the street. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 500, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuffie the one-eyed cat caught hunting on the wrong side of the street. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 500, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Red Hot Poker flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 1000, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Red Hot Poker flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 1000, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

White Burma Gourd flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

White Burma Gourd flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Pair of Robber Flies mating. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 1250, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Pair of Robber Flies mating. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm zoom lens (ISO 1250, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (05-August-2017) — New Jersey

Two of the Burma water-bottle gourds in my wildflower meadow flowered today. It seem like they open at night when the moon is nearly full. I don’t know if a night moth is needed to fertilize to get one of the gourds. The one planted over a year ago in Florida produced a gourd over 1 meter in length. The image of the flower is behind a nylon mesh that I hope will keep it protected from the deer tonight.

Burma Water Bottle Gourd Flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 280, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Burma Water Bottle Gourd Flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 280, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Today (04-August-2017) — New Jersey

The Monarch butterflies also like the orange marigold flowers in my wildflower meadow.

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (03-August-2017) — New Jersey

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Sunflower in my backyard wildflower meadow.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Sunflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Sunflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)