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.


Today — New Jersey

Painted Turtle Sunning Itself on a Rock in the Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Note the Canada Goose feather decoration. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/210 sec).

It was too hot Wednesday when I did my walkabout through the Sourland Mountain Preserve. I didn't try it yesterday, but gave it a short try today. I told myself that I wouldn't stay our more than an hour, but ended up spending almost two hours. I have three goals at this time of the year: 1) Monarch Butterfly, 2) Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, and 3) Praying Mantis. Bonus point for Praying Mantis with prey. I got all three plus a bonus today. I ended up spending nearly two hours out on my walkabout and was overheated when I got home. A short list of images I took today: of a turtle (this post).

1) Turtle; 2) Fritillary butterfly; 3) Clearwing hummingbird moth; 4) Praying Mantis; 5) Black Swallowtail butterfly mating; 6) Monarch butterfly; 7) Praying Mantis with a Tiger Swallowtail for lunch; 8) American Gold Finch; 9) Frog in the pond; and 10:) American Bittern. I ended up spending two hour in the Sourland Preserve, and was exhausted after getting home. It was way too hot.

Question for those that actually read this far. Should I only do single image in a post, or are albums/collections OK? If albums/collections are OK, only 4 images (so all will be seen, and users understand how to see the image in full screen mode) or as many images as I feel are good? Is it OK when I post images from this day of the year (going back 10 years)? Should they be as processed, or reprocessed using current photo editing tools? Is it OK when I post time-lapsed videos? It doesn't seem like anyone views the time-lapsed videos.

Both my "Image of the day" photo blog http://david.mathre.com
and my photo gallery http://davidmathre.com need significant updates and/or redesign. I am interested in comments about what does and doesn't work as I start on a redesign project.

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