Saturday (15-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Kermit and his Bullfrog brothers and sisters have been making lots of noise in the back pond. I am finally able to get close enough to get some images. Earlier in the year they have been very skittish — jumping into the pond with the slightest bit of motion. The pond is also full of many tadpoles, so there should be many more frogs through the summer. I have not seed the turtle yet this year.

Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)



Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)


Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)

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Thursday (07-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A Dragonfly and Icelandic Poppies.

Dragonfly on a Twig. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly on a Twig. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Pink Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Pink Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Red Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Red Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)

Friday (01-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

While mowing the backyard, I found an Eastern Box Turtle at the edge of the grass and beginning of the wildflower meadow. The last time that I saw one in my yard was nearly 20 years ago. The back section is wet, and I recently found some May Apple plants — so had hoped to find that the turtles still existed on my property. There were frogs and dragonflies at the pond. The frogs jump into the pond before I can take their picture. Back on the patio, the plants in the Garden Towers are growing very fast. I have already started harvesting some of the lettuce. Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.




Nine-Years Ago (20-June-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens with a 2x TC-E II teleconverter. Rabbits, dragonflies, fruits, flowers, and wildflowers.

Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)


Four-Years Ago (25-July-2012) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning walkabout at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Butterflies, Bull Frog, and Dragon Fly.

Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + 2.0 TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 200, 210 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + 2.0 TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 200, 210 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Frog in the pond. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Frog in the pond. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)