03-January-2014

Winter in New Jersey

It started snowing last night, and was still snowing when I got up. The temperature stayed cold enough to keep the snow as a very fine, light powder, and the high winds kept the snow from building up on the tree limbs. Several of my trolls went out to play in the snow — reminding them of their home in Norway.  Later in the day I dug my car out and made a path from the house to the street. Not too much of a problem since the snow was so light.

Troll out Skiing in my Backyard. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 900, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 and Nik Color Efex 4. (David J Mathre)
Troll out Skiing in my Backyard. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 900, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 and Nik Color Efex 4. (David J Mathre)

 

Trolls Playing in the Snow. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 2200, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Trolls Playing in the Snow. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 2200, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

 

 

 

09-March-2013

Spring Flowers in the Snow.

Yet another late winter snow storm. The early spring flowers continue to try to find some sun.

Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 170 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 170 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 250 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Snow Drop Flowers in the Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 250 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 112 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 112 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 150 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
Daffodils in Snow Waiting for Spring. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 28-300 VR lens (ISO 160, 150 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)

01-March-2009

Snowy Day at the Sourland Mountain Preserve

I went for a walk at the local Sourland Mountain Preserve. It was snowing, a late winter storm. The long winding road is the right-of-way for a cross country high-pressure gas line. The other images are of cattails, a pair of Mallard ducks swimming in a pond, and tree bark coated with snow. Images from 4 years ago today.

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Long Winding Road. Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 26 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Long Winding Road. Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 26 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 130 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 130 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/5.3, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Cattail in a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/5.3, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Mallard Pair Swimming in a Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Mallard Pair Swimming in a Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Snow on Tree Bark During a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Snow on Tree Bark During a Winter Snowstorm at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Nikon D300 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)

Today (08-November-2012) — New Jersey

Nor’easter Athena.

Not as much wind from Nor’easter Athena, but we did get 8-12 inches of snow last night. I didn’t know that nor’easters get names like hurricanes. Power was off for about 12 hours, so it was cold in the house this morning. Still not sure if the power was off due to ongoing power grid repairs, or new damage due to this storm.

PSE&G just 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.”

Dawn after Nor'easter Athena, One+ Week Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Dawn after Nor’easter Athena, One+ Week Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Snow Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Snowy Dawn. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Snow Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Birch Tree Bent Over by Snow. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Snow Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Dawn after Nor’easter Athena, One+ Week Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Snow Post Hurricane Sandy. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)
Deer Tracks in the Snow. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (02-November-2011) — New Jersey

Late October Nor’easter Aftermath: Day 4

Update from PSE&G >95% of Power Restored. Restoration Challenges:

  • This storm caused more individual incidents of damage to PSE&G’s electric infrastructure than Hurricane Irene.
  • This storm was particularly damaging because, with leaves still on the
    trees, the heavy snow created considerable weight on tree limbs, bringing down
    numerous trees and power lines.
  • In addition to major circuits, there were a larger number of individual
    service lines from our poles to customers’ homes and business that were
    damaged.

Tuesday (01-November-2011) — New Jersey

Late October Nor’easter Aftermath: Day 3

Other than a few power dips (brown outs), the power remained on for the last day. My APC UPS units continue to protect the computers and servers. The following is an update from PSE&G.

  • 88% of the more than 570,000 PSE&G customers impacted by power outages from
    Saturday’s wet, heavy snow that brought down numerous trees and power lines.
    Crews will continue to work around the clock until all customers have power.
  • PSE&G expects to meet the state’s goal of having at least 95 percent
    of customers restored by Thursday. At this time, about 67,000 customers are
    without power with the majority of these in Bergen, Essex and Passaic
    counties
  • This storm caused more individual incidents of damage to
    PSE&G’s electric infrastructure than did Hurricane Irene. There is a larger
    number of service lines that are damaged as a result of falling tree limbs.
    Repairing the significant number of single lines from the poles to customers’
    homes and businesses presents the greatest challenge with this
    storm.
  • PSE&G is using every available resource to make repairs and
    restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible.  Resources include 262
    crews and troubleshooters, 116 line contractor crews and 240 tree crews working
    to restore power.  In addition to its own crews, PSE&G is receiving
    assistance from mutual aid crews from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and
    Mississippi.
  • Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers
    of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals,
    police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, schools, and
    communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone).  At the same time, the
    utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits
    serving the largest number of customers.

31-October-2011

Halloween and a 2 Year Anniversary.

I finally got power back here at my house in New Jersey after a very early snowstorm. Two years ago today I was in Florida for a wedding of Lars (my brother) and Valerie. I’ve made it clear in the past that I do not do, and am not a wedding photographer. On the other hand this did not stop me from taking some pictures that day. For a full selection of images from that day please check out 31-October-2009.

Lars and Valerie. (David J Mathre)
Lars and Valerie. (David J Mathre)

29-October-2011

Winter is Here!

Yesterday’s forcast that the Northeaster would switch from rain to snow after midnight Saturday was wrong. It started snowing here a little after 8 AM. The trees still have leaves, and I have seen many branches coming down. The power has been going on and off — and is now off. Running on battery backup right now — will probably end up moving into the RV until power is restored. Images to follow.

Last Green Tomato -- Early Snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro. (David J Mathre)
Last Green Tomato -- Early Snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 60 mm f/2.8 macro. (David J Mathre)

 

Day 12 and Counting

My Drobo disk-array is rebuilding after adding a new drive. Don’t know how long it will take. New images to follow. The down side to large storage solutions such as Drobo is the time required for backup and restore. Not sure how many days this will take!!!!

 

11-October-2008

Winter Comes Early in Northern Nevada.

An early snow storm closed Tioga Pass, and I ended up having to find a different route home from the Nikonians ANPAT-8 in Yosemite National Park. I detoured north to Interstate 80, and crossed the Sierra Nevada at Donner Pass. As I moved east on I-80 I started catching up to the early winter storm. I took this image of Pilot Mountain in northern Nevada as the storm clouds were clearing. I caught up with the storm when I got to Salt Lake City, and spent the night.

Winter Comes Early in Nevada. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 50 mm f/1.4D lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/4.8, 1/100 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Winter Comes Early in Nevada. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 50 mm f/1.4D lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/4.8, 1/100 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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