Ten-Years Ago (18-March-2007) — New Jersey

Three LBJ’s (litte-brown jobs) in my backyard on a cold late-winter day. Two of the birds are white-throated sparrows. The other one, I am not sure about its ID.

White-throated sparrow getting some sun. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow getting some sun. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow singing in the vines. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow singing in the vines. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sparrow hiding in the bushes. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sparrow hiding in the bushes. Late winter backyard wildlife in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/12, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icicles on the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icicles on the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (17-March-2007) — New Jersey

A late-winter walkabout in my backyard. Fresh snow on the ground. Tracks from a neighbor’s cat in the front yard, and tracks from many deer in the backyard. Based on the droppings, there was not much for the deer to eat. There were birds out. A turkey vulture soaring, a white-throated sparrow, a male house finch. I am not sure if the one with the crossed bill is a female house finch or something else.

Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)Cat tracks in my front yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Deer tracks in my back yard. Late winter snow in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 80 mm, f/12, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. 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, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Based on theses remains, not much for a deer to eat at this time of the year. 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, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in flight. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/7.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male house finch on a vine. 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)
Male house finch on a vine. 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)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossed-bill/beak finch or female house finch (?) on a vine. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 220 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (16-March-2008) — New Jersey

Images from a walkabout in my backyard after a morning rain shower. The deer look like it has been a long winter. These are still the birds that spent the winter.

Three scrawny does. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Three scrawny does. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male northern cardinal in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
White-throated sparrow in the vines after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Dark-eyed junco in the vines. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Water droplets on a vine after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Water droplets on a vine after a morning rain. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (15-March-2008) — New Jersey

I have two sycamore trees that frame my backyard. Theses are a few shots of the sycamore seed balls (pods). One by itself, one that a squirrel is checking out, and the final one of a black crow watching me from the tree. Unfortunately, the limbs on these trees are pretty brittle, and every winter more branches come down. I will see how much they block the solar panels on the south side of the house later this spring as the leaves emerge.

Lone sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lone sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel checking out a sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel checking out a sycamore seed. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow in a sycamore tree. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow in a sycamore tree. Late winter backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (13-March-2017) — New Jersey

More images of late winter flowers, telling me it will be spring soon. From across the street along a south facing rock wall.

Late winter Daffodil bloom. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter Daffodil bloom. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop and purple crocus flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop and purple crocus flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (12-March-2011) — New Jersey

With all of the rain and snow-melting the Delaware river had been flooding. I drove to Lambertville to get some pictures as the water was receding. Lots of trash had washed up and was left behind in the parking lot next to the Lambertville Inn and the Lambertville – New Hope bridge. After getting home there were many more snow-drop and purple-crocus blooms to photograph.

Delaware river after late winter flooding with the New Hope. PA and Lambertville, NJ bridge in the background. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 5 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding with the New Hope. PA and Lambertville, NJ bridge in the background. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 5 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow-drop blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow-drop blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Closeup of Purple Crocus bloom. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Closeup of Purple Crocus bloom. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (11-March-2012) — New Jersey

Some more late winter flowers from my daily walkabout. Hope for spring. Images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens. I got to really like this lightweight camera.

White Snow Drop Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Snow Drop Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (11-March-2011) — New Jersey

The purple crocus flowers kept opening and getting bigger. These images were taken with a point & shoot Leica D-Lux 5 camera.

Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

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

Walkabout in my backyard on a winter day looking for birds. Black-capped Chickadee and Northern Cardinals.

Black-capped chickadee. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. 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)
Black-capped chickadee. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. 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 Red Cardinal in the afternoon sun. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Female Northern Red Cardinal in the afternoon sun. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Northern Red Cardinal in the afternoon sun. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Northern Red Cardinal in the afternoon sun. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (10-March-2017) — New Jersey

We got a late winter snowstorm today. Yesterday it was ~65°F and sunny. The snow started about 07:00 and continued until 13:00, with about 3 inches of accumulation. By 14:00 the sun was back out, and the snow was sliding off the solar panels (yesterday 64 kWh, today 3 kWh).

Chives out my window during a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 640, 143 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chives out my window during a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 640, 143 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 290 mm, f/5.6, 1/1900 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fountain statue after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 290 mm, f/5.6, 1/1900 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow on a Japanese Maple tree after a late winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Snow on a Japanese Maple tree after a late winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine tree and power line after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine tree and power line after a winter snowstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)