Saturday (09-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

The sky was cloudy, but the weather report said it wouldn’t rain until tomorrow. This time I set up four cameras to record the fire flies. Let me know which ones you like/dislike. It took a lot longer to process the images than the time I slept while the pictures were being taken.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 435 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 435 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 172 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 172 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 637 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 637 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 102 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 102 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Thursday (22-March-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard (and Indoor) Early Spring Nature in New Jersey.

The snow had stopped by the time I woke up. It looked like 6-8 inches. It was fluffy and light, not like the wet & heavy stuff we got with the 2nd Nor’easter. Some images of the snow-covered patio, with a charcoal grill waiting for real spring weather. Then the trees damaged by the previous storm.  As for indoor nature, I am still finding some stink bugs (but not the green ones). By the afternoon, the snow slid off the solar panels, and I was generating electricity. The snow on the driveway and front entry was melting fast so I didn’t need to get the shovel out. As fast as the snow is melting, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some local flooding over the next couple of days. Hopefully, this will be the last Nor’easter this spring.




Individual images from the slide-shows can be viewed here.

Friday (02-February-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Winter Nature in New Jersey — Stink Bug.

Macro view of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. There haven’t been as many around this winter, although there have been many Green Stink Bugs (smaller, and bright green).

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (08-November-2013) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Mutant Green Cricket

I had been hearing loud noises in my basement. When I went down to investigate, found this mutant giant camel cricket. I don’t know what it has been eating to get this big, and cause it to glow in the dark. Maybe the radon seeping up from the Reading Prong???

Mutant Camel Cricket in my basement. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/22, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mutant Camel Cricket in my basement. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/22, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)