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)

Sunday (11-March-2018) — New Jersey

Late-Winter Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The deer keep getting closer to the house looking for food as winter winds down. They have already clipped the yucca plants. Now all that is left is the grass.

Doe looking for a meal in the snow in the afternoon sun. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe looking for a meal in the snow in the afternoon sun. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe looking for a meal in the snow in the afternoon sun. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Doe looking for a meal in the snow in the afternoon sun. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)