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)

08-October-2007

Monarch Butterfly.

I saw these wild flowers on the side of the road on the way home from work at an abandoned golf course, and decided to stop and see if there was a picture. I found that there were a number of Monarch butterflies which provided additional color. This image was taken hand-held with my favorite 80-400 mm zoom lens. The hard part was that I was working at the minimum focus distance of the lens (~ 7 feet) and had to keep stepping back to get the image in focus.

Monarch Butterfly. Late Fall Nature in Central New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly. Late Fall Nature in Central New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

15-August-2012

Bumble Bee on Ragweed Bloom. Assignment One – Part One

This week Thom Hogan is posting some photography assignments. Assignment One: “Here’s your first shooting assignment: pick the absolutely worst lens you own and go out and take pictures using it. Not just any pictures, but the best possible pictures you can. Learn to use whatever liability that lens has to advantage.”

I decided to do a variation of this. Instead of going back to the Sourland Mountain Preserve with a big telephoto lens, tripod, and 36 MP camera, I decided to go light, but still wanting to take close-up images of butterflies and other wildlife. I took a Nikon 1 V1 camera with the FT1 adapter with the 70-300 mm VR lens. This kit is almost 20 pounds lighter than the high end kit I was going to take. The following is one of the first images I took — a Bumble Bee in a Ragweed bloom.

Bottom line, I did get some good images and was able to hike a lot farther from the trailhead. I was not able to get an image of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, although I saw at least four during the day. One problem with this light-weight kit is that it is not as fast to compose, focus, and then shoot the image. Another problem with this kit is that with the FT1 adapter, the VR is on continuously — draining the battery, and you can only focus with the center focus position. I will be adding more images in the near future.
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Bumble Bee on Ragweed Bloom. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 +  FT1 + 70-30 mm VR lens (ISO 220, 300 mm, f/10, 1/250 sec) and monopod. FOV Equivalent to ~ 810 mm on a 35 mm image sensor. (David J Mathre)
Bumble Bee on Ragweed Bloom. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 + 70-30 mm VR lens (ISO 220, 300 mm, f/10, 1/250 sec) and monopod. FOV Equivalent to ~ 810 mm on a 35 mm image sensor. (David J Mathre)

02-June-2007

Macro View of Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Several images of flowers, berries  seeds, and insects, in New Jersey, all taken with a Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro lens.

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Wild Strawberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild Strawberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Spider. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Spider. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Wild While Raspberry Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild While Raspberry Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Small While Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Small While Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Two While Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Two While Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Wild Raspberry Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild Raspberry Flowers. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Bee Pollinating a Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Bee Pollinating a Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Immature Pine Cones. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Immature Pine Cones. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Immature Sycamore Seed. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Immature Sycamore Seed. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Wild Raspberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild Raspberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

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Wild Raspberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Wild Raspberry. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro Lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Color Efex Pro 3 (Tonal Contrast), Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. .

02-June-2007

Macro View of Spring Nature in New Jersey. 

Several images of flowers, insects, and trees in New Jersey, all taken with a Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens with a TC-E II 14 teleconverter.

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Red Maple Seeds. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Red Maple Seeds. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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Two Ants in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Two Ants in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 250, 280 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 250, 280 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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Bumble Bee in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Bumble Bee in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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Wasp in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 280, 280 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Wasp in Raspberry Flowers. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 280, 280 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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Red Maple Leaf. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.. (David J Mathre)
Red Maple Leaf. Macro Images of Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR and TC-E 14 teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, NIK Define 2, and Photoshop CS5..

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17-February-2012

Spring is Comming!!!

When I got home today, I noticed that these Purple Crocuses were in bloom across the street. I think that this is the earliest that I have seen these blooming. In addition, some of the Daffodils are also starting to bloom.

For those wondering why I have not posted recently, things have been busy at work. I have posted some Daily Photography Theme images on Google+

Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10 mm lens (ISO 100,  10mm, f/3.2, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10 mm lens (ISO 100, 10mm, f/3.2, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocus -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocus -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 53 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Purple Crocuses -- Spring is Coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 100, 53 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

16-September-2011

Hummingbird.

While in the San Francisco area I had the opportunity to visit and have dinner with a couple of  former colleagues that now live in the Bay Area. In the back yard one of their Yucca plant was blooming. There was a humming bird working the flowers. I never got a picture of the humming bird in the flowers, but did capture a sillouete of it in the some other trees. These images were all taken with a Leica X1 or D-Lux 5 camera.

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Yucca in Bloom. San Mateo CA. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yucca in Bloom. San Mateo CA. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Hummingbird. San Mateo CA. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 19.2 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hummingbird. San Mateo CA. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 5 camera (ISO 160, 19.2 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Francis and Alex. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Francis and Alex. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

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