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)

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)

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)

Ten-Years Ago (02-December-2007) — Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park: Winter Visit

I miss not working part-time in Boulder, Colorado. While there I was able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park all seasons of the year. As long as the roads were clear, it was only an hour drive from Boulder to the park. Some of these images were published ten-years ago, and some are new. All have been reprocessed using newer software.

Colorado Panorama -- East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mt. Meeker, Longs Peak to Estes Cone from Colorado Highway 7. Composite of 4 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorado Panorama — East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mt. Meeker, Longs Peak to Estes Cone from Colorado Highway 7. Composite of 4 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)


Three-Years Ago (28-November-2014) — Florida

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Walk Like Me

Great Blue Heron appearing to walk on water as it comes in for a landing along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. I’ve also included a slide show with some of the other wildlife present that day: Alligator, Anhinga, Black Vulture, Double-breasted Cormorant, Great Egret, Hawk, Orange Butterfly, Osprey, Ring-billed Gull, Roseate Spoonbill, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, and White Ibis. Note that some of the images are graphic.

Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)


Three-Years Ago (26-November-2014) — Florida

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset

Another case of “the best camera is the one with you”. I’d never seen contrails lined up like this before with the added bonus of happening just after the sun set. View from the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (25-November-2015) — Cuba

Gone to See Cuba 2015: Departure 

While departing Cuba on an Eastern Airline flight from Havana International Airport, I noticed a DC-10 parked next to the runway. The plane was missing its engines, and looked like it had been in a fire. I wonder if it is a training prop for emergency drills?

DC-10 (shell) Parked at the Havana International Airport. 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)
DC-10 (shell) Parked at the Havana International Airport. 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 (25-November-2014) — Florida

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Black Point Wildlife Drive

My only view of an alligator on that day was just as I was leaving. All that was visible was an eye and the tip of its snout. It was starting to rain, so I only got one loop on the wildlife drive. Some birds, but not as many as I have seen on previous visits to the National Wildlife Refuge.

Alligator Eyes. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 2800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Alligator Eyes. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 2800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)


Ten-Years Ago (22-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 5

While we were out on our morning photography composition lesson, I found this black volcanic rock with yellow-green sparkles. I brought it back to the lodge where I had a macro lens, and spent the afternoon trying to get some pictures of the crystals. Later on I discovered that the crystals were a semi-precious gem known as Peridot (Pele’s Tears).

Peridot Crystals (Pele's Tears). Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/22, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)
Peridot Crystals (Pele’s Tears). Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/22, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (20-November-2015) — Cuba

Gone to See Cuba (2015): Day 2 in Old Havana

Day two of a travel photography workshop led by Steve Simon in Cuba. The workshop was authorized under a group, people-to-people educational travel license & visa. The group went for a morning, afternoon, and nighttime photography walkabout in Old Havana.

Cuban Cigar. Morning Walkabout in Old Havana. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Cuban Cigar. Morning Walkabout in Old Havana. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 camera. (David J Mathre)