Friday (07-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I know, it has been a while. I’ve been dealing with Server Upgrades (running out of space to store my images), Lightroom Catalog Upgrades (needed to increase the size of the catalog images to match my new computer and monitor), home renovation, patio garden, and yard work. I am about caught up. I was taking pictures every day, which I will be posting. The wildflower gardens are starting to bloom. Lots of Red Poppy and Cosmos flowers. New flowers this year are Blue Spiderwort and a White Allium. I am starting to harvest Strawberries from the Grow Towers. Today’s bird pictures are a Female Cowbird. The Cowbirds have been laying their eggs in the Robins nests.

Tiny Green Grasshopper on a Daisy. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tiny Green Grasshopper on a Daisy. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)





Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Daily Power Use (est 56 kWh) and Solar Production (64.95 kWh) from Sense. The power use is an estimate since there have been a number of data dropouts beginning about noon. I am waiting on a response from Sense regarding the problem.
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Thursday (01-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

One of the few days since I returned from Portugal that the rain stopped. The Japanese Maple tree is bright red. One pink Cosmos flower remained, and the Zinnia flowers are on their last leg. I need to mow the remaining wildflowers, and plant for next spring.

Japanese Maple. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Japanese Maple. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Japanese Maple. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Japanese Maple. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Late Blooming Pink Cosmos Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Late Blooming Pink Cosmos Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Late Blooming Red Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Late Blooming Red Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)

Friday (13-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

At this time of the year, the dawn clouds don’t seem to be as impressive. Dawn is earlier (before 05:30) so I might miss them, and the sun is further north so some of the colorful clouds may be hidden behind the trees to the north-east. During the day I spent some time with a new camera/lens combo (Nikon D850  camera and 70-300 mm AF-P lens) doing a flower/wildflower walkabout. It is an interesting combo. Individual images from the slides hows can be viewed here.

Early Dawn Panorama. Composite of three image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Early Dawn Panorama. Composite of three image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)




Dragonfly. Image taken with a Nikon D850 Camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Dragonfly. Image taken with a Nikon D850 Camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Tuesday (03-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning and afternoon walkabouts with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. The afternoon set was after a thunderstorm leaving some of the flowers wet. I am really liking this lens. One note, when the lens is out of the camera, or attached to the camera when the camera is off there is an internal part of the lens that slides back-and-forth making a knocking noise. When the camera is powered on this does not happen. I have seen reports on the internet, but have been told that it is not a problem. Now that the Fuji X-H1 and X-T2 cameras have firmware updates that will allow the camera to do focus bracketing. I look forward to trying focus bracketing with this lens.


Steam rising off the street after a thunderstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Steam rising off the street after a thunderstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Early Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Early Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Sunday (01-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout looking for flowers. Daisy, Baby’s Breath, Red Poppy, California Poppy, Cosmos (notice the spider), Zinnia, etc.

Cosmos. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Cosmos. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)