Eleven-Years Ago (19-January-2008) — New Jersey

Winter Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Ducks and Great Blue Heron at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. The ducks usually leave the pond for somewhere more quiet when the Canada Geese show up. I had not seen a Heron here before in the winter.

Great Blue Heron and Mallards. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron and Mallards. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (18-January-2009) — New Jersey

Winter Nature in New Jersey — Sourland Mountain Preserve.

It is supposed to snow again Saturday and Sunday then get real cold. I will have to go to the Sourland Mountain Preserve and see if the pond freezes over this year. Since this image was taken ten-years ago, it rarely gets cold enough for the pond to freeze.  Somerset county park workers finally removed the sign from the middle of the pond. As you can see from the second image, the sign did look out of place in the middle of the summer.

It would be difficult to skate with the pond covered with snow. It is not that cold so you would probably fall through the ice if you even tried. A winter walk at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
It would be difficult to skate with the pond covered with snow. It is not very cold so you would probably fall through the ice if you even tried.  Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
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No Skating Sign in the Middle of the Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens with a 2.0 TC-E teleconverter (ISO 200, 210 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (01-October-2011) — New Jersey

Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. This was my first Worldwide Photo Walk. One of the photo walks  just happened to be at the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve. I saw the note about it a few hours before it started, but was still able to sign up and join the group!

Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail.  Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 800, 50 mm, f/8, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Image taken with a Nikon D3s cameraand 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 800, 50 mm, f/8, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 50 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail. Worldwide Photo Walk 2011. Autumn in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail.  Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (15-September-2013) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I was stalking a small Green Heron at the local Sourland Mountain Preserve trying to get some images of it catching a fish or frog. All of a sudden there was a commotion in the middle of the pond. Two Canada Geese started a full out smackdown. It was like a junior high school fight. The other geese in the pond formed a circle and made noises supporting their team. The small Green Heron didn’t know what to think.

I used the images I took  (Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter, and 180 mm f/2.8D lens) to create a short time-lapse video. The burst mode with the Nikon 1 V2 camera was really useful to get lots of images in a short period of time with all of the activity.

Five-Years Ago (04-September-2013) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Kermit the Bullfrog in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera + FT1 + 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). [FOV Equivalent to ~ 810 mm on a 35 mm image sensor]

Kermit the Bullfrog in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 + 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). [FOV Equivalent to ~ 810 mm on a 35 mm image sensor] (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in a Pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 + 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). [FOV Equivalent to ~ 810 mm on a 35 mm image sensor] (David J Mathre)