Friday (21-September-2018) — New Jersey

Last Day of Summer — Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Even though the rain has stopped, the sky remains overcast. I have  used more electricity than my solar panels have generated so far this month. Yesterday, the Sheep Shearer caught up with me for my annual hair reduction. My neighbor’s cat that normally runs away when it sees me, came up to me and allowed me to take her picture. So the cat noticed…

Post Sheep Shearer Portrait. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro OIS lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Post Sheep Shearer Portrait. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro OIS lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Neighbor's Cat. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Neighbor’s Cat. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

There were a pair of garter snakes mating in a tree in  my neighbor’s backyard. The female is the larger of the two snakes. He said they have be up there for at least a day.


With all the rain we have had in the last few weeks, mushrooms are popping up all over the place. I’ll have to let the house trolls go out hunting tomorrow.


Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Saturday (28-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

With all of the rain we have been having, the Trolls are happy because mushrooms are starting to pop-up.



Individual images from theses slide shows can be viewed here.

Three-Years Ago (26-June-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Puff Ball — Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Puff Ball -- Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Puff Ball — Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)

Thursday (23-July-2015)– New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Funky inverted mushroom in my yard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro.

This mushroom just popped up overnight. It is about 6 inches across. A week ago one popped up and the next morning it was gone — dinner for some critter. The spores for the mushroom probably came with the black wood mulch.

Mushroom in my yard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Mushroom in my yard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)

Friday (26-June-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Puff Ball — Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Puff Ball -- Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Puff Ball — Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 400, 135 mm, f/4.4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)