Sunday (06-January-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed a hairy spider while checking the hydroponic herb garden. I hope it goes after the tiny bugs nibbling on my basil leaves. I am not sure if the tiny bugs are nymph forms of the stink bug or something else. I also got a shot of the small pink flower on the cactus.



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Pink Cactus Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/11, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monday (10-December-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Nature in New Jersey.

Most of the herbs I planted in a hydroponic garden have sprouted. This is day 10 since I set the system up. It will be interesting to see how big the herbs get. I am going to need a larger system for growing indoor lettuce this winter. A couple of the cactus plants have started to bloom after I moved them indoors for  the winter. The cactus flower images were taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens.



Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.

Five-Years Ago (06-October-2013) — Arizona

Gone to See America 2013. Nikonian Annual Photography Adventure Trip. Day 1: Sedona.

The first stop for our van was at Slide Rock State Park. While walking down one of the trails, I noticed a park bench right next to a steep drop to Oak Creek. Even though chained to the ground, you would need a seat belt to safely sit on the bench.

Bench on the Edge of a Cliff. Rock Slide State Park, Arizona. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Image converted to B&W in Capture One Pro 7. Nikonians ANPAT-13. (David J Mathre)
Bench on the Edge of a Cliff. Slide Rock State Park, Arizona. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Image converted to B&W in Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
International Harvester McCormik Farmall Tractor at Rock Slide State Park in Arizona. Gone to See America 2013. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec). Image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. Nikonians ANPAT-13. Note the John Deere tractor in the corner. (David J Mathre)
International Harvester McCormik Farmall Tractor at Slide Rock  State Park in Arizona.  Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec). Image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Backlit Summer Bloom. Slide Rock State Park, Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter, and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 220 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Backlit Summer Bloom. Slide Rock State Park.  Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter, and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 220 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Penny Caught in a Cactus. Sedona, Arizona. Gone to See America 2013. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 160, 32 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec). Nikonians ANPAT-13 (David J Mathre)
A Penny for your thoughts?  Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 160, 32 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec).  (David J Mathre)

Thursday (14-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I did a walkabout in my yard this afternoon to check if any wildflowers have appeared. Something different from the firefly trails. An ant on a daisy flower, some small cactus flowers, a larger yellow prickly pear cactus flower, a yucca plant about to bloom (kept behind a wire mesh to keep the deer away), an icelandic poppy flower, a flowering beardtongue plant, and honeysuckle flowers.


Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)

Friday (04-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A Chipping Sparrow at the bird feeder, wary deer, and attempts to capture water droplets in a fountain. During the night a raccoon raided the composting tube in the Garden Tower. I decided to mount a cactus on top of the Garden Tower. As you can see in the nighttime IR videos, it didn’t work.

Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow at the Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Wary Pair of Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (David J Mathre)
Wary Pair of Deer. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (David J Mathre)


Cactus on top of the Garden Tower. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)
Cactus on top of the Garden Tower. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens. (David J Mathre)