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)