19-May-2012

Bull Frog at the Sourland Mountain Preserve.

I know that tadpoles grow fast, but I don’t think this fast!!!! Compare with 11-May-2012.

Bull Frog in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 + 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). FOV = 540 mm with a 35 mm sensor. (David J Mathre)
Bull Frog in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 + 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). FOV = 540 mm with a 35 mm sensor. (David J Mathre)

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11-May-2012

Springtime Nature at the Sourland Mountain Preserve

I stopped by the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve on the way home from work to see what is new this spring. I was mainly looking for wildflowers and butteflies. One of the first things I found was hundreds, if not thousands of tadpoles at the edge of the pond. In a few weeks there are going to be a lot of frogs!

Tadpoles -- The Frogs Will Be Coming. Pond at Sourlands Mountain Nature Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon V1 and 85 mm f/1.4G lens and FT1 adapter. (ISO 100, 85 mm, f/5, 1/250 sec). FOV equiv to 230 mm on a 35 mm full frame camera. (David J Mathre)
Tadpoles -- The Frogs Will Be Coming. Pond at Sourlands Mountain Nature Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon V1 and 85 mm f/1.4G lens and FT1 adapter. (ISO 100, 85 mm, f/5, 1/250 sec). FOV equiv to 230 mm on a 35 mm full frame camera. (David J Mathre)

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GPS: N40 28.135 W74 41.962
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21-October-2011

Day 4 and Counting

My Drobo disk-array is rebuilding after adding a new drive. Don’t know how long it will take. New images (including a meteor caught last night with two cameras) to follow. The down side to large storage solutions such as Drobo is the time required for backup and restore. Not sure if this will be hours or days!!!!

I did post some images on Google+ for the following themes: #FloralFriday 
#FrogFriday  #FungusFriday  #FallFriday  #FlowingWaterFriday

For a list of all of the Daily Google+ Photography Themes

Also, check out my post from 5 years ago today of a Doe and her two fawns in my backyard: 21-October-2006

01-October-2011

Sourland Mountain Preserve, Worldwide Photo Walk 2011.

Convergence. Yesterday I was thinking, weather permitting  that I should go the the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve to see if I could photograph any late season Monarch butterflies. For the last several years I have seen the last group of Monarch butterflies before they fly south to Mexico the last week of September (+/- 2 weeks). Also yesterday, I was noticing some issues with access to my photo blog (speed to load, and searching results). I woke up very early, and access to the photo blog appeared be working. While checking Google+ I saw a reminder from Scott Kelby  about his 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk’s this weekend. When I checked online, I saw that one of the Worldwide Photo Walks (led by Frank Veronsky) would be at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. I signed up (it was 4 AM, and raining). When I woke up again at 8 AM it had stopped raining but still cloudy. I got to there early to scout out if there were any thistle blooms left. Unfortunately, all of the thistles were brown and there were only a few yellow wildflowers. The trails were also very muddy from all of the rain we have been having for the last 2 months.  I actually went home at this point to switch to a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens since I knew it was going to be relatively dark on the trails. I got back in time to meet up with the Worldwide Photo Walk group at the Sourland Mountain Preserve parking lot and started up on the trails a little after 10 AM. The following images are of some of the woodland forest trails in the Preserve. By the time I was done, I only saw one Monarch butterfly, and it didn’t stay still long enough for me to get an image.

Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 800, 50 mm, f/8, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 800, 50 mm, f/8, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

 

Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

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N40 28.135 W74 41.962

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