Five-Years Ago (15-September-2013) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I was stalking a small Green Heron at the local Sourland Mountain Preserve trying to get some images of it catching a fish or frog. All of a sudden there was a commotion in the middle of the pond. Two Canada Geese started a full out smackdown. It was like a junior high school fight. The other geese in the pond formed a circle and made noises supporting their team. The small Green Heron didn’t know what to think.

I used the images I took  (Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter, and 180 mm f/2.8D lens) to create a short time-lapse video. The burst mode with the Nikon 1 V2 camera was really useful to get lots of images in a short period of time with all of the activity.

Eleven-Years Ago (23-December-2006) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey: Birds, Berries, and Seeds

Walkabout with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens.  Five Canada geese in flight, northern mockingbirds, holly berries, bittersweet berries, and yucca seed pods.

Canada Geese in Flight. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Canada Geese in Flight. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec). (David J Mathre)



Three-Years Ago (03-July-2012) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Juvenile Canada Geese Playing Water Polo with a Fishing Float. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec).

Juvenile Canadian Geese Playing Water Polo with a Fishing Float. Summer Wildlife at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Juvenile Canadian Geese Playing Water Polo with a Fishing Float. Summer Wildlife at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (28-May-2012) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Canada goose with aquatic grass in a pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec).

Canadian Goose with Aquatic Grass in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Canadian Goose with Aquatic Grass in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (19-May-2012) — New Jersey

Springtime in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

I had gone for a walkabout at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. There was a family of Canada Geese swimming in the pond near the parking lot. After trying a number of different angles, I finally managed to catch them in formation. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 adapter + 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). FOV = 540 mm with a 35 mm sensor.

Two Canadian Geese + Seven Goslings. Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 adapter + 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). FOV = 540 mm with a 35 mm sensor. (David J Mathre)
Two Canadian Geese + Seven Goslings. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1 adapter + 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)