Nine-Years Ago (20-June-2008) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens with a 2x TC-E II teleconverter. Rabbits, dragonflies, fruits, flowers, and wildflowers.

Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x  teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (19-June-2007) — Colorado

Some quick images in black & white. A few with a bit of color. All taken a the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn while cooking a steak on the outdoor grill.

Robin (in color) at the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn. Late spring nature in Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Robin (in color) at the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn. Late spring nature in Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (07-June-2007) — New Jersey

Late-spring backyard walkabout. A bunny running away, a daisy wildflower, and a white moth.

Bunny on the run. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Bunny on the run. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Late spring backyard walkabout. More rabbits with red-eye due to reflections of the flash. Instead of red-eye, the deer have a bright white (with a bluish tint) reflection. In addition, daisy wildflowers, a crane fly, and a chipping sparrow.

Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (04-June-2007) — New Jersey

Rabbits, with their big eyes have eyes reflect red when photographed with a flash.

Devil rabbit with a red-eye in the clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Devil rabbit with a red-eye in the clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

One-Year Ago (18-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A rabbit washing its face, and Jack in the Pulpit flowers. Once I found out what the Jack in the Pulpit flowers were I started finding them in many places in my backyard. It appears that they go from all green to having a dark red coloration as they get older.

 


 

One-Year Ago (17-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. The rabbit in my wildflower garden started nibbling on the Italian (Crimson) clover. The Italian clover was part of the wildflower mixture. I also saw a groundhog brushing its teeth with some rebar, a robin in the rain, and a squirrel with a nut. All of the wildlife images were taken from within the house. Later on I went out with a macro lens to capture some flower pictures.

 

Rabbit nibbling on a Italian clover flower. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rabbit nibbling on a Italian clover flower. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (16-May-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. A rabbit in my wildflower garden. It kept coming out early every morning, but had not done much damage. The wildflowers I planted were supposed to be deer resistant, so maybe didn’t taste good for the rabbit either.

 

Rabbit in my wildflower garden. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rabbit in my wildflower garden. Backyard spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

01-August-2012

Rabbit Eating Clover in the Rain.

My first day of Retirement. I’ve been working for Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway NJ, Boulder CO, and West Point PA for the last 27 years. I can now spend more time with my new passion of photography and travel. I took a series of images of this rabbit in the rain. I was sitting in my car in my driveway while listening to “The Race” on SiriusXM. Now that I am not commuting 3+ hours a day I can photograph the local wildlife while listening to books on satellite radio.

Rabbit Eating Clover in the Rain. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rabbit Eating Clover in the Rain. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

20-May-2012

Rabbit and Ticks

I noticed that one of my local rabbits had some big ticks on its neck. It was trying to rub them off without much luck.

I wanted to see and photograph the annular eclipse today. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the road trip out west due to a meeting in New Jersey that I need to attend Monday. I do hope to photograph the Venus transit early in June. Weather permitting this should be possible from New Jersey.

Rabbit Trying to Remove the Big Ticks on its Neck. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 900, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rabbit Trying to Remove the Big Ticks on its Neck. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 900, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)