Wednesday (22-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey 

The leaves on the Japanese maple tree have faded from bright red to brown. Yesterday, some birds found the newly renovated bird bath. They will have to wait until next spring for me to install the solar-powered fountain. The three inquisitive but wary does looked on as I was taking pictures of the statue on the bird bath. Now that it is hunting season, the deer know that they need to stay within 400 feet of a house in order to stay safe.

Newly Renovated Bird Bath and Stature. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/4, 1/400 sed) (David J Mathre)
Newly Renovated Bird Bath and Stature. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/4, 1/400 sed) (David J Mathre)
Trio of wary does in the afternoon sun. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Trio of wary does in the afternoon sun. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (21-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey — Robins and Blue Jays

There were over a hundred robins, and dozen blue jays in my yard this morning. Some of the birds found my newly renovated bird bath. It was too cold for the birds to take a bath as the water in it was iced over. I am not sure if these birds were congregating before their annual migration south, of if there are some of the birds that plan to stay for the winter. I haven’t replaced the bird feeder since a bear took the last one out.

Red-breasted Robin checking out the newly restored bird bath. 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, 1/750 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red-breasted Robin checking out the newly restored bird bath. 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, 1/750 sec). (David J Mathre)


Five-Years Ago (16-November-2012) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star and Leonid Meteor Trails

The sky was clear so I put a couple of cameras out with wide-angle lenses to try to capture some Leonid meteor trails.

Late Fall Night Star Trails and Leonid Meteor Trails over New Jersey. Composite of 35 Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1 min). (David J. Mathre)
Late Fall Night Star Trails and Leonid Meteor Trails over New Jersey. Composite of 35 Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1 min). (David J. Mathre)


Five-Years Ago (15-November-2012) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Be not afraid. These guys eat other insects and spiders. They are very fast, and are not normally out during the day.

House pet (Scutigera Coleoptrata) hunting for a meal. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Nikon D3 + 105 mm f/2.8G VR macro + SB-700 flash (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/22, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
House pet (Scutigera Coleoptrata) hunting for a meal. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Nikon D3 + 105 mm f/2.8G VR macro + SB-700 flash (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/22, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (13-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails looking North

Night sky view from the back of the house. Light from the moon lit up the chimney and the newly installed solar panels on the roof.  Also some light clouds moved in during the shoot. The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec).

Startrails looking north (light clouds). The north star isn't exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)
A Startrails looking north (light clouds). The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (13-November-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey : Star trails looking North

Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). I’ve also included a slide show of shorter star trails and a time-lapsed video created with the individual images.

Star trails looking north from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking north from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (12-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Afternoon Trolls and Nighttime Star Trails

Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many Trolls out during the day before. Then star trails looking north.

Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many out during the day before. Autumn nature in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 250 mm, f/5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many out during the day before. Autumn nature in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 250 mm, f/5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking north. The north star isn't exactly due north. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking north. The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (12-November-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails and Night Sky Time Lapsed Video

Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. Then a moving time-lapsed video of the same view with images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens.

Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nkon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nkon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (12-November-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails and Time-lapsed Video

Star trails looking east from my backyard. Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). I’ve also included a time-lapsed video created with the individual images.

Star trails looking east from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 251 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking east from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 251 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)