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 (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)

Saturday (18-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Colorful Clouds at Dawn

I looked outside just after waking up to see the eastern sky starting to explode with colors. I ran outside with the first camera I could find with a wide-angle lens to capture the moment. The display didn’t last that long. I was so absorbed viewing the display, and taking pictures that I didn’t notice that an inquisitive young doe walked right up to me. When I finally noticed the deer, I think I was more startled than she was.

Colorful Clouds at Dawn Panorama. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn Panorama. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/6.4). (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/6.4). (David J Mathre)


Inquisitive Doe at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/6 sec). (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Doe at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/6 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (08-November-2012) — New Jersey

Autumn Weather in New Jersey: Hurricane, Nor’easter, and Snow

One week after Hurricane Sandy, we were hit with Nor’easter Athena. I didn’t know that nor’easters were given names. During the night we got 8-12 inches of snow. The power went out again.

At the time, PSE&G sent an e-mail out that stated 70K users were still out due to hurricane Sandy, and another 90K users were out due to the nor’easter last night. The other comment was “Despite the snowstorm, the 4,000 out-of-state workers and 700 PSE&G linemen restored service to more than 120,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy in the past 24 hours. Many of our crews from the south have never worked in snow before, but have proven more than capable of handling this new challenge.”


Five-Years Ago (02-November-2012) — New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Day 4

Still no power to the house, but PSE&G were in the neighborhood working on downed trees and power lines.


Five-Years Ago (01-November-2012) — New Jersey.

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath:  Day 3

Many trees and wires were down. The power had been out for several days. Those with gasoline emergency generators were out of luck when they ran out of gas — the gas stations if you could get to them didn’t have emergency generators to run the pumps. One of the lessons learned. Now many gas stations have auxiliary power. I still had a bit of propane in my RV to run the generator, however food in the fridge and freezer in the house was going bad. I was cooking outside on a charcoal grill. Images from that day taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera.


Wednesday (25-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

After raining most of the day, the clouds started clearing in the west allowing the late afternoon sun to light up the trees with their fall colors. All I had to do was step out onto my patio and point the camera east.

Late afternoon autumn colors. Backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late afternoon autumn colors. Backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (24-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Another rainy autumn day, but then a view of some colorful clouds at sunset from my patio.

Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)