Saturday (04-June-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Images from a walkabout in my backyard. A dragonfly, immature pine cones, wild raspberry flowers, honeysuckle flowers, and small white butterfly (also known as a cabbage moth)

Dragonfly. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 640, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.
Early Pine Cones, Spring Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 f/4 lens (ISO 3200, 330 mm, f/5.6 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Adobe Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
Early Pine Cones, Spring Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 f/4 lens (ISO 3200, 330 mm, f/5.6 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Adobe Photoshop CS5
Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Wild Raspberry Flower. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.
Wild Honeysuckle Flower. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Wild Honeysuckle Flower. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 1000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.
Small White Butterfly. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Small White Butterfly. Spring Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200-400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

Monday (30-May-2011) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed these big white flowers across the street. They were identified as Clematis. It has been a great spring for flowers this year in New Jersey. After taking some images of the flowers, Lauren gave me some of his excess tomato plants to grow on my deck. Because of travel over the last several years, I haven’t had much time to keep up with a garden. This summer could be different. I have a couple of big pots and bags of planting soil to set up on the back deck.

White Clematis Bloom. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
White Clematis Bloom. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5
White Clematis Bloom. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
White Clematis Bloom. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5

Sunday (29-May-2011) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Thanks to the Internet, I was finally able to identify this bug crawling up the wall. It is a Scutigera Coleoptrata, aka house centipede — and not a Silverfish. Apparently these eat other bugs including Silverfish in the house. This one is missing part of its right front antenna, and three of its right front legs. They still are creepy — no pun intended.

Scutigera Coleoptrata (House Centipede) -- Not a Silverfish. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro + TC-E 20 (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Scutigera Coleoptrata (House Centipede) — Not a Silverfish. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro + TC-E 20 (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.
Scutigera Coleoptrata (House Centipede) -- Not a Silverfish. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro + TC-E 20 (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Scutigera Coleoptrata (House Centipede) — Not a Silverfish. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro + TC-E 20 (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

Thursday (26-May-2011) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey: I DON’T LIKE TICKS!!!

Ever since I got home and came in after taking the bee images, I kept feeling something crawling on me. I didn’t find anything and thought it was the ants that have invaded the house while I was on the Enrichment Voyage. Finally, I found a tick crawling on my shoulder. I think that it is a female dog tick and not a deer tick. I don’t like any type of ticks. I don’t know if this was the only one, but to make sure all of my cloths and bedding are now in the washing machine.

Dog Tick? Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/22, 1/600 sec). Ring Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dog Tick? Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/22, 1/600 sec). Ring Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

Wednesday (25-May-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Images of Bumble and Carpenter Bees taken in my backyard this afternoon with a macro lens. The Bumble Bees were working the fast fading Rhododendron flowers for any remaining pollen. The male Carpenter Bees appeared to be flying stationary guarding territory — only moving when challenged by another male. The down side of the Carpenter Bees is the large holes that they drill into the wood around the house for their nests.

Bumble Bee Working Old Rhododendron Flower for Pollen. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bumble Bee Working Old Rhododendron Flower for Pollen. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec).
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.