Thursday (19-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Monarch Butterfly is back in my wildflower garden. It likes the Zinnia flowers. Images taken with three different camera lens combos (Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens; Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens; and Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens).

Monarch Butterfly Leaving a Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly Leaving a Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)




Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Saturday (14-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey.

My first Monarch Butterfly of the season. I am glad I planted this small section of wildflowers right next to the house, as the other sections have been devastated by “mile-a-minute” vine and deer. The deer like to munch on the plants before the flowers can bloom. I am going to have to go back to an electric fence.  As soon as I saw the Monarch Butterfly, I ran back inside and grabbed the first camera I could find with a telephoto zoom lens. When I see more, I will come back with a macro lens.

Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Sunday (08-July-2018) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I stopped at the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve to see if any butterflies have arrived. I only found some really tiny butterflies (or are they moths?).  While walking down the gas line trail, I noticed a deer watching me from the bushes. It looks like she has a wound on her head between the eyes that was covered with flies. Back home, there was a wary groundhog, a bull frog in my pond, and a young fawn going through my wildflower garden eating the buds before they can bloom.



Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.

Monday (25-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 5: Urban Garden in St. Petersburg.

This was the first time I have seen a Black & White Warbler. It never stayed in one place very long, so was hard to get an image. Many House Sparrows and an orange butterfly (Gulf Fritillary?). Then some fruit — Bananas still on the tree, a Carambola, Figs, and a green lemon.

Black & White Warbler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Black & White Warbler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)



Saturday (28-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

The Monarch butterflies are still here. It is getting colder every night, and is a very long way to migrate to Mexico to hibernate for the winter. The slide show contains 12 images.

Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)