Five-Years Ago (10-October-2013) — Arizona

Gone to See America 2013. Nikonian Annual Photography Adventure Trip. Day 5: Williams, Chloride, and Oatman.

When we woke up, there was snow on the ground. Early winter — but Williams is 6766 feet above sea level. The government shutdown continued, and the closure of Grand Canyon National Park continued.  Our van set out for opportunities at lower elevations free of snow.  We traveled to Chloride, a one time silver mining town and now nearly a ghost town. Outside of Chloride, we visited a site where artist Roy Purcell created some modern rock murals back in the 1960’s.  We also visited Oatman, another former gold mining town. Now a tourist destination. But the remaining local residents don’t want the tourists to feed the wild burro’s.

Footsteps in an Early Snowfall (Williams, Arizona). Gone to See America 2013. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Footsteps in an Early Snowfall (Williams, Arizona).  Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Modern Rock Mural near Chloride by Artist Roy Purcell. There are a lot of very colorful murals in this location started in 1966. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 55 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Modern Rock Mural near Chloride by Artist Roy Purcell. There are a lot of very colorful murals in this location started in 1966. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 55 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wild Burro (Donkey) in Oatman, Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-120 mm lens (ISO 200, 120 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wild Burro (Donkey) in Oatman, Arizona. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-120 mm lens (ISO 200, 120 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monday (02-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey. April Snow.

Not an April fools joke. When I woke before sunrise this morning there were a dozen deer in the backyard, and light rain. By the time that the sun came up, hidden by the clouds, it started to snow. At first it melted, but then started to remain on the ground. Remember those daffodils from yesterday. Well they are now covered with snow…

April Snow -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). 5 (David J Mathre)
April Snow — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). 5 (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird bath statue with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird bath statue with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird tracks in April snow -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird tracks in April snow — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (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.

Wednesday (21-March-2018) — New Jersey

Early Spring Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The second day of spring brought the fourth Nor’easter storm this March. Images from mid-afternoon, and it is still snowing. So far the power has stayed on, and I haven’t lost any more trees.

Resilient Daffodils on the second day of spring. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (monochrom + one color). (David J Mathre)
Resilient Daffodils on the second day of spring. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (monochrom + one color). (David J Mathre)


Wednesday (14-March-2018) — New Jersey

Late-Winter Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A young deer just outside my backdoor wondering when winter will be over. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens.

Young deer wondering when winter will be over. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 320, 240 mm, f/5.3, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Young deer wondering when winter will be over. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 320, 240 mm, f/5.3, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)