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)

Ten-Years Ago (24-February-2007) — New Jersey.

Images taken while on a walkabout in my backyard with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens. The picture of the Turkey Vulture passing the moon was a lucky “grab shot”. I’ve tried to repeat the shot many times, but have never been successful.

Turkey Vulture soaring past the first quarter moon. 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, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring past the first quarter moon. 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, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. 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, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. 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, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. 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, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. 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, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Cardinal enjoying the sun. 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, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Cardinal enjoying the sun. 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, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the late afternoon sun. 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)
Pine cones in the late afternoon sun. 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)

Ten-Years Ago (11-February-2007) — New Jersey

Some birds in my backyard on a sunny winter day. Male & female Northern Cardinal and Turkey Vultures. Images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens.

Wary male Northern Cardinal in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wary male Northern Cardinal in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female Northern Cardinal in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female Northern Cardinal in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.7, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.7, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture soaring in the morning sun. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (24-November-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Turkey Vulture

Turkey vulture soaring near the moon. I haven’t figured how to get both the moon and bird to be in focus at the same time…

Turkey Vulture and the Moon. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture and the Moon. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)