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.


Seven Years Ago Today — Yosemite National Park

Snow Flower (Sarcodes sanguinea). A parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll. It derives its sustenance and nutrients from a fungi that attach to roots of trees. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/8, 1/13 sec).

I noticed something bright red in the woods when driving into Yosemite National Park. I had never seen these before, and initially thought they were some type of mushroom. The flowers however gave it away as a plant. 

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