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

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.”


Ten-Years Ago (17-March-2007) — New Jersey

A late-winter walkabout in my backyard. Fresh snow on the ground. Tracks from a neighbor’s cat in the front yard, and tracks from many deer in the backyard. Based on the droppings, there was not much for the deer to eat. There were birds out. A turkey vulture soaring, a white-throated sparrow, a male house finch. I am not sure if the one with the crossed bill is a female house finch or something else.

Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male house finch on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male house finch on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (10-March-2017) — New Jersey

We got a late winter snowstorm today. Yesterday it was ~65°F and sunny. The snow started about 07:00 and continued until 13:00, with about 3 inches of accumulation. By 14:00 the sun was back out, and the snow was sliding off the solar panels (yesterday 64 kWh, today 3 kWh).

Chives out my window during a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 640, 143 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chives out my window during a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 640, 143 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 290 mm, f/5.6, 1/1900 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 290 mm, f/5.6, 1/1900 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow on a Japanese Maple tree after a late winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow on a Japanese Maple tree after a late winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine tree and power line after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine tree and power line after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (03-March-2017) — New Jersey

The temperatures dropped from nearly 70°F (~20°C) yesterday to below freezing most of today. It was sunny most of the day, so I was generating electricity (50.3 KWh). Later in the afternoon some clouds rolled in, and we had a quick snow storm. I went out to get some pictures of the flowers that recently bloomed across the street with the recent snow before the sun went down. I also got some pictures of a turkey vulture soaring above my backyard in the late afternoon sun.

Although my neighbor got lots of maple sap from his trees this year, the tap he put in my maple tree didn’t produce much. Since it did get cold again, I will drill a new hole and see if I get anything. Maybe, my maple tree feels it already gave too much to the cicadas that live for 13 or 17 years under the tree.

After the storm passed, some clouds lit up as the sun went down.

Daffodils after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodils after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Twin daffodils after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Twin daffodils after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil bloom after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil bloom after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow drops after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow drops after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early blooming purple crocuses after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early blooming purple crocuses after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the late afternoon sun. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Maple sap collection bucket after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Maple sap collection bucket after a quick snowfall. Winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
South facing solar panels with a light coating of snow. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 70 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
South facing solar panels with a light coating of snow. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 70 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful clouds at sunset after a quick snowstorm. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 29 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful clouds at sunset after a quick snowstorm. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 29 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec) (David J Mathre)
Backyard tree at sunset. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Backyard tree at sunset. Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)

Eight-Years Ago (01-March-2009) — New Jersey

I went for a walkabout at the local Sourland Mountain Reserve on a snowy day and took a few pictures. The gas-line trail looked open, but I didn’t go far. There are cat-tails in the marshy area, and some Mallard ducks swimming in the pond. The ducks usually leave as soon as the more boisterous Canada geese arrive, but on this snowy day the geese stayed away.

Seven-Years Ago (11-February-2010) — New Jersey

Winter returned with more snow. A few images from a walkabout in my yard after digging a path from the house to the road. The snow plows hadn’t been through yet, so I wasn’t going anywhere. The only bird I saw was a White-throated Sparrow. It looked cold, and just wanted the snow to go away.

It snowed last night. This vehicle is covered and won't be going anywhere soon. I dug a path from the house to the street (but the street hadn't been cleared yet). Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 48 mm, f/13, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
It snowed last night. This vehicle is covered and won't be going anywhere soon. I dug a path from the house to the street (but the street hadn't been cleared yet). Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 48 mm, f/13, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. It snowed last night. The RV is covered and won't be going anywhere soon. The propane tank in the RV is full in case the power goes out. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/7, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. It snowed last night. The RV is covered and won't be going anywhere soon. The propane tank in the RV is full in case the power goes out. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 31 mm, f/7, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. Pine needles peaking up from the snow. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/9, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. Pine needles peaking up from the snow. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/9, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated Sparrow wondering when the snow will go away, and it will be spring again. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated Sparrow wondering when the snow will go away, and it will be spring again. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. Drip, drip, drip. Icicles above the front doorway. The gutter is frozen. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter part II. Drip, drip, drip. Icicles above the front doorway. The gutter is frozen. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (10-February-2008) — New Jersey

A few images from a winter afternoon walkabout in my backyard.

Light snow on a Rhododendron leaf -- Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/36, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Light snow on a Rhododendron leaf — Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/36, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Light snow on Yucca plant seed pods -- Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Light snow on Yucca plant seed pods — Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Light snow on Holly berries -- Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Light snow on Holly berries — Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cone -- Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cone — Winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (09-February-2017) — New Jersey

First snow in New Jersey this winter that didn’t disappear within a day. The day before it was 65°F (18°C). Ultimately, we got about 6 inches (15 cm) of a heavy wet snow. It was enough that I needed to shovel part of my driveway. The solar panels are covered with snow. We will see how long it takes to melt off so I am producing electricity again.

First snow in New Jersey this winter that didn't disappear within a day. The day before it was 65°F (18°C). Ultimately, we got about 6 inches (15 cm) of a heavy wet snow. It was enough that I needed to shovel part of my driveway. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
First snow in New Jersey this winter that didn't disappear within a day. The day before it was 65°F (18°C). Ultimately, we got about 6 inches (15 cm) of a heavy wet snow. It was enough that I needed to shovel part of my driveway. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue standing on a bench covered with snow.  Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/7, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue standing on a bench covered with snow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/7, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue standing on a bench covered with snow.  Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/7, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue standing on a bench covered with snow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/7, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
First snow in New Jersey this winter that didn't disappear within a day. The day before it was 65°F (18°C). Ultimately, we got about 6 inches (15 cm) of a heavy wet snow. It was enough that I needed to shovel part of my driveway. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
First snow in New Jersey this winter that didn't disappear within a day. The day before it was 65°F (18°C). Ultimately, we got about 6 inches (15 cm) of a heavy wet snow. It was enough that I needed to shovel part of my driveway. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/9, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Road looking east, covered with snow. Four-wheel drive vehicles are out, but still waiting on the snow plows to do a second pass. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Road looking east, covered with snow. Four-wheel drive vehicles are out, but still waiting on the snow plows to do a second pass. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Road looking west, covered with snow. Four-wheel drive vehicles are out, but still waiting on the snow plows to do a 2nd pass. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Road looking west, covered with snow. Four-wheel drive vehicles are out, but still waiting on the snow plows to do a 2nd pass. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

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

Sunrise ten days post Hurricane Sandy. Power was on and off during the night, so I could start heating the house. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (ISO 160, 4.3 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec).

Sunrise ten days post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (ISO 160, 4.3 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise ten days post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (ISO 160, 4.3 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (07-November-2012) — New Jersey

It had been several days post Hurricane Sandy. Still no power, but PSE&G and the tree folks were out working. I ran out of propane in my RV for the generator, and the local place I would have gone to have it refilled didn’t have power, and the gas stations didn’t have power so couldn’t refill the car or RV with gas or diesel. At the end of the day it started snowing. I got my sleeping bag out and pretended I was camping in my house.