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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Three-Years Ago (23-May-2014) — New Jersey

Rhododendron Blooms. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Composite of 17 stacked images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens. Images processed using Capture One Pro 7 and Helicon Focus. (David J Mathre)

Rhododendron Blooms. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Composite of 17 stacked images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens. Images processed using Capture One Pro 7 and Helicon Focus. (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.

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (20-May-2007) — Colorado

Springtime in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was great when I was working part-time in Boulder, Colorado. I got to see Rocky Mountain National Park in all four seasons. At this time there were lots of spring wildflowers, at least in the lower elevations. Someone told me the yellow thing that looked like flowers on a conifer tree was some type of fungus. Later during the afternoon, rain clouds came in and I got the following panorama.

 

Yellow fungus(?) growing on a conifer in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens. (David J Mathre)

Yellow fungus(?) growing on a conifer in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens. (David J Mathre)

 

Springtime storm clouds over Rocky Mountain National Park. Composite of two images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Springtime storm clouds over Rocky Mountain National Park. Composite of two images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (19-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A Chipping Sparrow, a Carpenter Bee in flight, a cluster of Rhododendron flowers, a white wildflower, a Jack in the Pulpit flower, and a ball of Dandelion seeds. I ended the day taking some pictures of the Waxing Gibbous (nearly full) Moon. All but the chipping sparrow image were taken using a Fuji 100-400 mm OIS lens. I am really liking this lens as an alternative for the Fuji X series cameras to the Nikon 80-400 mm VRII lens. The Fuji 100-400 mm lens is about the same size as the Nikon 80-400 mm lens. Also, since the sensor on the Fuji X cameras is 1.5x smaller than a full frame 35 mm sensor — the field of view for the Fuji 100-400 mm lens is equivalent to a 150-600 mm lens.

 


 

Two-Years Ago (19-May-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Sycamore tree on a foggy morning.

 

Sycamore tree on a foggy morning. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 11 mm, f/11, 1/2 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sycamore tree on a foggy morning. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 11 mm, f/11, 1/2 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Ten-Years Ago (19-May-2007) — Colorado

Springtime in Rocky Mountain National Park. On the way back to Boulder, stopped at Boulder Falls.

 

Lily Lake panorama. Rocky Mountain National Park. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

Lily Lake panorama. Rocky Mountain National Park. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (18-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A rabbit washing its face, and Jack in the Pulpit flowers. Once I found out what the Jack in the Pulpit flowers were I started finding them in many places in my backyard. It appears that they go from all green to having a dark red coloration as they get older.

 


 

Three-Years Ago (18-May-2014) — Texas

Day 3 of a photo-safari/workshop at a private ranch in southern Texas with Jason Odell

 


 

One-Year Ago (17-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. The rabbit in my wildflower garden started nibbling on the Italian (Crimson) clover. The Italian clover was part of the wildflower mixture. I also saw a groundhog brushing its teeth with some rebar, a robin in the rain, and a squirrel with a nut. All of the wildlife images were taken from within the house. Later on I went out with a macro lens to capture some flower pictures.

 

Rabbit nibbling on a Italian clover flower. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Rabbit nibbling on a Italian clover flower. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Two-Years Ago (17-May-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers after an early morning rainstorm taken with a Leica T camera.

 

Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers after an early morning rainstorm. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Cluster of Rhododendron Flowers after an early morning rainstorm. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Three-Years Ago (17-May-2014) — Texas

Day 2 of a photo-safari/workshop at a private ranch in southern Texas with Jason Odell

 


 

Four-Years Ago (17-May-2013) — Netherlands

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 22 of 52. On our second day in Amsterdam, Netherlands I took part in two field trips with my parents. The first one was to the world’s largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. It is located near the Schiphol international airport. The auction room looks more like the control center for a space shot. The flowers come from all around the world, and then are sent all around the world by the next morning. In the afternoon we went to the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands.

 

The worlds largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and10 (David J Mathre)

The worlds largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and10 (David J Mathre)

 

Mother posing with the ´Monsieur Jacques´ (1956) sculpture by Oswald Wenckebach in the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden.  Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 13 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

Mother posing with the ´Monsieur Jacques´ (1956) sculpture by Oswald Wenckebach in the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden. Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 13 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

 


 

Six-Years Ago (17-May-2011) — Gulf of Mexico

Day 20 of 21. Semester at Sea, Spring 2011 Enrichment Voyage.

The last sunset image from the deck of the M/V Explorer while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. It was an amazing voyage.

 

Sunset over the Caribbean on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

Sunset over the Caribbean on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Nine-Years Ago (17-May-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A caterpillar crawling on the ground. If it makes it, maybe it will become a swallowtail butterfly???

 

Caterpillar -- Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) and SB-800 flash. (David J Mathre)

Caterpillar — Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) and SB-800 flash. (David J Mathre)

 

Ten-Years Ago (17-May-2007) — Colorado

RNA Therapeutics 100-Day Celebration. Check out the reflection of the baseball field in the sunglasses.

 

Julie at a 2007 Colorado Rockies Baseball Game. Check out the reflection of the ball field in the shades. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Julie at a 2007 Colorado Rockies Baseball Game. Check out the reflection of the ball field in the shades. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

One-Year Ago (16-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A rabbit in my wildflower garden. It kept coming out early every morning, but had not done much damage. The wildflowers I planted were supposed to be deer resistant, so maybe didn’t taste good for the rabbit either.

 

Rabbit in my wildflower garden. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Rabbit in my wildflower garden. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Three-Years Ago (16-May-2014) — Texas

Day one of a photo-safari/workshop at a private ranch in southern Texas with Jason Odell

 


 

Four-Years Ago (16-May-2013) — Netherlands

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 21 of 52. The M/V Explorer arrived in Amsterdam, Netherlands early in the morning. I signed up for the field trip to the Tulip festival at Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, Netherlands with my parents. The Tulip festival at Keukenhof gardens is only open for a short time every spring, and this was one of the last days. When we arrived there were many tourist buses in the parking lot. The sky was grey with some off and on light rain. The flower gardens were beautiful, although there were a few “ugly tourists” that walked right into the flower gardens. There was also a wedding party where the photographer had the full entourage stand in the middle of a patch of tulips. I don’t know how many flowers got trampled.

 

Joan and Loren at the Lily arch. Tulip festival at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

Joan and Loren at the Lily arch. Tulip festival at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (15-May-2016) — New Jersey.

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. I think this is a broad-tailed hawk. The hawk and a crow kept chasing each other most of the morning. I took this image through a double-paned window, which I think is responsible for the strange bokeh.

 

Broad-winged Hawk (?) in Flight. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 900, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Broad-winged Hawk (?) in Flight. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 900, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)