Today (20-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring. In addition to the poppies, a number of new flowers are starting to appear (Babies Breath, Bachelors Buttons, Coreopsis, Cosmos, various Daisies, Larkspur, and Black-eyed Susan). The yellow prickly pear cactus flowers only open for one day.

Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

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)

 


 

Today (07-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my wildflower garden with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens. Lots of red poppies, some large and some small. One series at different apertures (including a close-up crop). Still only one blue bachelor button (cornflower) blooming.

 

Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 

Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 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)

 


 

Today (06-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers and plants after yet another rainstorm this spring. Including the first Bachelor Button flower of the season.

 

First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (06-June-2007) — New Jersey

Late afternoon/early evening backyard walkabout. Wildflowers, bumblebees, house finch, and a deer trying to be invisible.

 

Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers (daisies and poppies) and deer in my backyard. So far the deer have been good and not gone into my wildflower meadow. Will all of the rain we have been having here is enough greens for the deer to nibble on. It does look like the deer are attracting ticks.

 

Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 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)

 


 

Today (04-June-2017) — New Jersey

I got up really early this morning to set a camera up to try and catch a NASA launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The sounding rocket was supposed to release some chemicals to form artificial clouds that would glow blue, green, and red. Unfortunately, the launch was scrubbed due to high altitude clouds. Mission Update Five-years ago I caught a previous launch from the Wallops Flight Facility. I did get enough images for a composite star-trails image. Later in the morning I took my lonely Leica T camera out to check out the new wildflowers in my backyard.

 

Startrails looking southeast. Backyard night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 30 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Startrails looking southeast. Backyard night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 30 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)