Ten Years Ago (14-April-2007) — New Jersey

Walkabout on an early spring day in New Jersey. These are the flowers that the deer do not eat. The Pieris japonica (Lily of the Valley shrub) still exists, and is blooming ten years later. The Azalea shrubs that were next to it are all gone.

Cluster of Pieris japonica flowers. Also known as Lilly of the Valley shrub Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cluster of Pieris japonica flowers. Also known as Lilly of the Valley shrub Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pair of backyard daffodils. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pair of backyard daffodils. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Forsythia blooms. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Forsythia blooms. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early dandelion flower. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early dandelion flower. Early spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (13-March-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Late-Winter Nature in New Jersey.

More images of late winter flowers, telling me it will be spring soon. From across the street along a south-facing rock wall.

Late winter Daffodil bloom. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter Daffodil bloom. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop and purple crocus flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow drop and purple crocus flowers. Spring must be coming. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (11-March-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Winter Nature in New Jersey.

The purple crocus flowers kept opening and getting bigger. These images were taken with a point & shoot Leica D-Lux 5 camera.

Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 8 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early purple crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux-5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eight-Years Ago (07-March-2009) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Early purple crocuses flowers from across the street. This is a composite of many images using the focus stacking program from Helicon Focus. A little bit bright, and requires calm conditions (little or no wind).

Purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Composite of 18 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus (method C) (David J Mathre)
Purple crocus blooms. Late winter nature in New Jersey. Composite of 18 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus (method C) (David J Mathre)