Saturday (07-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

For the last few days, I have been seeing Monarch Butterflies in my wildflower garden/meadow. They seem to like the marigold flowers. I don’t have any milkweed left (too late in the season).

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (09-May-2017) — New Jersey

There are a number of new wildflowers showing up in my backyard. I am not sure of the identification of the yellow, orange, and blue ones. Any help with the ID is appreciated. They could be native weeds, or perennial ones from the wildflower mix that I planted last year. The flowers on the rhododendrons are also starting to bloom. Because of the deer, my rhododendron learned to grow tall — the only leaves and flowers are above where the deer could nibble last winter. I hope to see and photograph some clearwing hummingbird moths on the rhododendrons again this year.

 

Yellow wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yellow wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Orange wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Orange wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Blue wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Blue wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Rhododendron blooms. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rhododendron blooms. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

04-January-2011

Hosteria El Pilar and Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

Three years ago today I was on a Photo Safari with Thom Hogan in Patagonia. We departed  Hosteria El Pilar near El Chaltén and proceeded to Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park . I got up early for one final view of Mount Fitz Roy at dawn. This morning it was hidden behind the orange clouds, but still a dramatic panorama. Before leaving, I got more colorful lupine flower images.  After a long drive, we arrived at Perito Moreno Glacier.

Patagonia Dawn Panorama from Hosteria El Pilar in El Chalten, Argentina. Composite of 5 vertical image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec) using AutoPano Giga Pro. Unfortunately Mount Fitz Roy is hidden in the orange clouds. (David J Mathre)
Patagonia Dawn Panorama from Hosteria El Pilar in El Chalten, Argentina. Composite of 5 vertical image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec) using AutoPano Giga Pro. Unfortunately Mount Fitz Roy is hidden in the orange clouds. (David J Mathre)

 

Lupines at Hosteria El Pilar in El Chalten, Argentina - Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lupines at Hosteria El Pilar in El Chalten, Argentina – Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, f/22, 1/500 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 200, f/22, 1/500 sec). (David J. Mathre)

 

 

25-February-2013

Spring is Comming!!!

When going to mail a letter today, I noticed that the Purple Crocuses were in bloom across the street. Early, but not as early as last year 17-February-2012. Last year I used the Nikon 1 V1 camera, this year the new Nikon 1 V2 camera. This is the first time I used the 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (with the FT1 adapter) with a Nikon 1 camera.

Early Purple Crocus Bloom -- Spring is Coming!!! Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT2 adapter and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocus Bloom — Spring is Coming!!! Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT2 adapter and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)