Saturday (28-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

The Monarch butterflies are still here. It is getting colder every night, and is a very long way to migrate to Mexico to hibernate for the winter. The slide show contains 12 images.

Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


Thursday (19-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Painted Lady Butterfly on an orange Zinnia flower in my wildflower meadow.

Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (07-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

For the last few days, I have been seeing Monarch Butterflies in my wildflower garden/meadow. They seem to like the marigold flowers. I don’t have any milkweed left (too late in the season).

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (04-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

A Painted Lady butterfly on a yellow flower in my garden. I also saw a Monarch butterfly, but it didn’t stay still long enough to have its picture taken.

Painted Lady Butterfly on a Yellow Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady Butterfly on a Yellow Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (31-July-2017) — New Jersey

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on a purple delphinium bloom. Bumblebee on a Sunflower bloom.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on purple delphinium bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon N1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on purple delphinium bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon N1-V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Bumblebee on a Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon N1-V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bumblebee on a Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon N1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (17-May-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A caterpillar crawling on the ground. If it makes it, maybe it will become a swallowtail butterfly???

 

Caterpillar -- Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) and SB-800 flash. (David J Mathre)
Caterpillar — Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) and SB-800 flash. (David J Mathre)

 

08-October-2007

Monarch Butterfly.

I saw these wild flowers on the side of the road on the way home from work at an abandoned golf course, and decided to stop and see if there was a picture. I found that there were a number of Monarch butterflies which provided additional color. This image was taken hand-held with my favorite 80-400 mm zoom lens. The hard part was that I was working at the minimum focus distance of the lens (~ 7 feet) and had to keep stepping back to get the image in focus.

Monarch Butterfly. Late Fall Nature in Central New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly. Late Fall Nature in Central New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

05-August-2012

Monarch Butterfly Being Stalked by a Praying Mantis.

Today while hiking in the Sourland Mountain Preserve I had a Monarch Butterfly stay long enough to get some images. I then saw that there was a praying mantis stalking the butterfly. The praying mantis is well camouflaged. In this case the butterfly took off before it became breakfast. Last year I got some images of a praying mantis stalking and then eating a hummingbird moth.

Monarch Butterfly  on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Look Closely Below to See a Praying Mantis Staking the Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). . (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Look Closely Below to See a Praying Mantis Staking the Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). . (David J Mathre)

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GPS: N40°28’19 W74°41’41
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03-August-2012

Insects at Sourland Mountain Preserve.

I went for a walk at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Lots of images of Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies and Dragonflies. Not that many wildflowers that butterflies are interested in at this time. I did see one Monarch butterfly, but it never stopped long enough to take an image. Same thing with a black swallowtail butterfly. I did see one Robberfly, but it didn’t have a meal.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Dragonfly at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)

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GPS: N40°28’21 W74°41’39
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26-July-2012

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Queen Anne's Lace Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey.

Ever since I had a GPS unit attached to my D3x cause an electrical fault within the camera, I have been afraid to use a connected GPS device. However, I did like having the GPS location included with the image metadata. Both Lightroom 4 and View NX2 now have options where GPS data collected by a separate GPS unit can be added to the metadata. This requires that the GPS unit can export the data (via a *.gpx file), and that the time in the camera be set relatively accurately. The programs then compare the time that the image was taken with the location from the GPS file at the same time. This location is then added to the image metadata. I do like the MAP feature within Lightroom 4. One issue with Lightroom 4 is that it will not add the data to RAW image files, but rather create a sidecar file with the location metadata. It will add the data to jpg and DNG image files. View NX2 (since it is a Nikon product) will add the data to the RAW image file. One problem with the View NX2 process is that the Google Map that is connected during the process is in Japanese. Both products require that you are connected to the internet since they use Google Maps.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Queen Anne's Lace Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Queen Anne's Lace Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

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GPS: N40 28.3401 W74 41.6544
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