Sunday (10-December-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Fall Nature in New Jersey: Snow

The snow continued falling last night. My solar panels didn’t generate much electricity. There was a trail of cat paw prints left in the snow. A neighborhood cat set off the security cameras last night as it sought shelter under my car.

Snowy Backyard Panorama in New Jersey. Composite of six images taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/14, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snowy Backyard Panorama in New Jersey. Composite of six images taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/14, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)


Saturday (09-December-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Autumn Nature in New Jersey: First Snowstorm of the Season

First Snow. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 400, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
First Snow. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 400, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)


Ten-Years Ago (09-December-2007) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Bittersweet Berries

I know there is controversy regarding the Bittersweet vine. I first noticed that I had a vine growing on one of my Holly trees. In the fall the bright yellow pod opens to expose a bright red flower. A neighbor came by and asked if she could take some for a Thanksgiving display. When my mother saw the image I posted of the bittersweet berries ten years ago she identified them, and wanted some. I was then told they were an invasive invader from asia that kills the trees that it grows on. Then I read that there were two different plants, one invasive and the other native. The invasive version has thorns, which my plant didn’t have.  So I assumed that I had the native version. Unfortunately, it became too much for the Holly tree as it grew to a size that blocked all of the light to the Holly leaves, and ultimately killed the Holly tree.  I subsequently removed the Bittersweet vines, the wild grape vines, and the poison ivy vines from the trees in my yard. The invasive vine that I am now fighting is the “mile-a-minute” vine.

New Jersey Late Fall Backyard Nature. Bittersweet berries. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Late Fall Backyard Nature. Bittersweet berries. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Late Fall Backyard Nature. Bittersweet berries. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Late Fall Backyard Nature. Bittersweet berries. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 70-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Two-Years Ago (05-December-2015) — New Jersey

Late-Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Jets Through the Star-trail Vortex

These are not fireworks. The challenge here is for someone to explain how I created this star-trail image… The Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens was mounted on a tripod just outside my backdoor.

Star-trails with jets going through the vortex. Composite of images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star-trails with jets going through the vortex. Composite of images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (05-December-2013) — New Jersey

Troll Family: Holiday Card

Edited images from 2013 for a Holiday Card. Troll family portrait with a background of Northern Lights from Tromsö, Norway.

Troll Family visiting Norway for the Northern Lights. The entire sky just exploded just after midnight. (David J Mathre)
Troll Family visiting Norway for the Northern Lights. The entire sky just exploded just after midnight. (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (05-December-2012) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Red-Tailed Hawk

I saw this large bird in the trees way back from the house. I quickly got some shots with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. This was my highest resolution long distance setup at the time. The images are 100% crops after being processed with Capture One Pro and Focus Magic.

Red-tailed Hawk (?). Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red-tailed Hawk (?). Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)


For some crickets on the same day check out 05-December-2012

Ten-Years Ago (04-December-2007) — Colorado

Boulder: Evening Storm Clouds

This was the second night in a row that we had unique storm clouds at sunset.

Orange and Black Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/8 sec). (David J Mathre)
Orange and Black Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/8 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sunday (03-December-2017) — New Jersey

Late-Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey: Birds

A flock of tiny Dark-eyed Slate-colored Juncos stopped by to work the debris left over after mowing my wildflower garden. I hope they leave some seeds for next years wildflowers. The images were taken through a double-paned glass window which didn’t help the white-balance or focus.

Dark-eyed Slate-colored Junco. Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Dark-eyed Slate-colored Junco. Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)


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Two-Years Ago (03-December-2015) — New Jersey

House Renovation: Outside Panorama and Little Planet Views

Two-years ago, I set up the Mindrain Astro motion control head to take 360 degree images of my backyard to document some of the exterior house renovation project.  I converted these into time-lapsed videos. I’ve now reprocessed the images to create 360 degree Panorama and Little Planet views of the work in progress.

Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey (David J Mathre)
Backyard South WEst 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 26 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey (David J Mathre)
Backyard South East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 25 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Front Yard North East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 19 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Front Yard North East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 19 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)


Ten-Years Ago (03-December-2007) — Colorado

Boulder: Evening Storm Clouds

While working part-time in Boulder, I was living a Marriott Residence Inn that was just a short distance away from the Sirna facilities. From my office, I noticed that it was getting dark out with some ominous clouds approaching. I took this sh0t while walking to the Residence Inn.

Ominous Winter Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Ominous Winter Clouds Over Boulder. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)