Five-Years Ago (01-January-2015) — Antarctica

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/2015. Hurtigruten Christmas Voyage on the MS Fram. Day 17: Antarctic Peninsula.

Zodiac Leading an Antarctic Cruise Ship Through the Lemaire Channel. I had never seen clouds this color blue before, and they were that color blue. I am guessing it is blue light reflecting off the glacier. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/40 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Zodiac Leading an Antarctic Cruise Ship Through the Lemaire Channel. I had never seen clouds this color blue before, and they were that color blue. I am guessing it is blue light reflecting off the glacier. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/40 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Zodiac Leading an Antarctic Cruise Ship Through the Lemaire Channel.  Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 31 mm, f/11, 1/40 sec).  (David J Mathre)

Thursday (26-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

Boxer Day. After the sun rose, we went looking for birds at Fort De Soto Park. We found a Great Blue Heron fishing, and some Osprey Nests. One of the male Osprey was flying around with the big fish he caught to show off to his mate.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (52.2 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (31.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 20.4 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Thursday (26-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

Boxer Day — Dawn and Sunrise at Fort De Soto Park. Every year while visiting Florida I like to go to Fort De Soto Park to view the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at dawn and sunrise. My brother and I got there early, just as the and sky and clouds were starting to show some colors. I set up two cameras on tripods, and one handheld. When we arrived the Skyway bridge piers were still lit up with red overnight lights for the holidays.

Fuji X-T3 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-T3 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-H1 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1000, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-H1 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1000, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. composite of 11 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. composite of 11 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)



Daily Electric Energy Used (52.2 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (31.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 20.4 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Seven-Years Ago (09-September-2012) — English Channel

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 17: At Sea, English Channel.

Dawn and Sunrise aboard the Semester at Sea MV Explorer off the Isle of Wight.

Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (31-August-2012) — Ireland

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 09: Arrive and Depart Ireland. Galway, Claire County, and Cliffs of Moher Field Trip.

After a long nine days crossing the North Atlantic ocean we arrived in Galway, Ireland just after sunrise. We were given our passports, and went through immigration on the ship. The ship anchored, and we were tendered into Galway via the ships lifeboats. The day was overcast with some drizzle and rain. We were only going to be there for the day and I had signed up for the Cliffs of Moher field trip. First stop was Dunguaire Castle. The quick rest stop in Ballyvaughn ended up being a long rest stop since there were only a couple of toilets. An interesting character with a pipe was waiting in front of the village store. We then visited the ancient Poulnabrone Portal Tomb. As we drove through to the Cliffs of Moher passed a road sign for Lisdoonvarna — Largest Matchmaking Festival in Europe. There were also old stone homes, and farms with cows and horses on very green fields. We were running late, and missed the tourist boat we were supposed to take to the Cliffs. The next tourist boat was the Tranquility. The seas were rough even more than our crossing the North Atlantic. By the end of the tour, some of the students looked pretty green. The final stop was to a pub for a traditional Irish meal. Unfortunately, the meal was rushed because we had a deadline to get back onto the MV Explorer.


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Lisdoonvarna -- Matchmaking Festival. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Lisdoonvarna — Matchmaking Festival. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


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Lamb Stew and Guinness. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Lamb Stew and Guinness. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)