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. My photographic interest include Travel, the Natural World, Landscapes, and Photographic Techniques. I try to include information for each image as to where, when, why and how the image was processed. Most of the images are available for purchase -- either as prints or rights managed (Clicking on an image brings you to the ShepArt Studio Team Site). Comments about the images or this site are always welcome. DJM

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08-August-2011

Cicada Invasion. Summer Nature in New Jersey.

The last few weeks it has been very loud as the male cicadas sing their song. I can hear them, but have not climbed high enough in the trees to get some images. I did notice a large number of holes in the ground below one of my Maple trees. Following up the tree trunk, I did find a number of cicada exoskeletons from their final molt. Based on the dried mud on the exoskeleton, they must have climbed out of the ground just after the last rain storm.

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Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec) (David J Mathre)

Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec)

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Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt on a Maple Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro + TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/45, 1/60 sec) and SB900 flash. (David J Mathre)

Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt on a Maple Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro + TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/45, 1/60 sec) and SB900 flash.

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Cicada Tunnel Exit. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 1250, 145 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Cicada Tunnel Exit. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 1250, 145 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec).

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Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/511, 1/60 sec) and pop-up flash. (David J Mathre)

Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/511, 1/60 sec) and pop-up flash.

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Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro + TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) and SB900 flash. (David J Mathre)

Cicada Exoskeleton Post Final Molt. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro + TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) and SB900 flash.

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