Five-Years Ago (12-August-2013) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/5, 1/600 sec). Lens mounted on a monopod.

I’ve visited the Sourland Mountain Preserve several times after returning from Iceland. There are a couple of patches of Joe Pye weeds that the Yellow (Tiger) Swallowtail and Black Swallowtail butterflies are attracted. I did see one Clearwing Hummingbird Butterfly, but wasn’t quick enough to get a picture. I only saw one thistle in bloom. Didn’t see any Praying Mantis (butterfly predators). Also, only one Monarch Butterfly.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/5, 1/600 sec). Lens mounted on a monopod. (David J Mathre)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 250, 500 mm, f/5, 1/600 sec). Lens mounted on a monopod. (David J Mathre)

Sunday (08-July-2018) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I stopped at the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve to see if any butterflies have arrived. I only found some really tiny butterflies (or are they moths?).  While walking down the gas line trail, I noticed a deer watching me from the bushes. It looks like she has a wound on her head between the eyes that was covered with flies. Back home, there was a wary groundhog, a bull frog in my pond, and a young fawn going through my wildflower garden eating the buds before they can bloom.



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Seven-Years Ago (25-June-2011) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning Reflection and Silhouette at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.

Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Reserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Preserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

 

Eleven-Years Ago (27-December-2006) — New Jersey

Winter Walkabout in New Jersey: Backyard and Sourland Mountain Preserve

Northern mockingbirds in the backyard, then tall grass and a lonely lawn chair at the Sourland Mountain Preserve

Northern Mockingbird on a Vine. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/750 sec) (David J Mathre)
Northern Mockingbird on a Vine. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/750 sec) (David J Mathre)



Eight-Years Ago (01-March-2009) — New Jersey

Winter Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

I went for a walkabout at the local Sourland Mountain Preserve on a snowy day and took a few pictures. The high-pressure gas-line right of way trail looked open, but I didn’t go very far. There were cattails in the marshy area, and some Mallard ducks swimming in the pond. The ducks usually leave as soon as the more boisterous Canada geese arrive, but on this snowy day the geese stayed away.



Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.