Thursday (13-September-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

All of the recent rain is keeping my trolls happy as they watch the mushrooms grow. It has been more than a week since the solar panels have generated more electricity than I have used in a day.

Troll Tending the Mushroom Garden. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll Tending the Mushroom Garden. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (08-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Trolls and Mushrooms

One of the backyard Nisse/Trolls out hunting for the elusive red mushroom. Only found in the autumn before the first frost. He claimed this one as a “Troll Stool”.

Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (08-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey:  Trolls and Mushrooms then Star Trails

Tipsy Nisse Viking Warior wanabe in the late afternoon sun asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

But one has to ask the question — did he vote? One-year later he woke up wishing that it was all a dream…

Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question "Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?" (David J Mathre)
Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” (David J Mathre)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec) (David J Mathre)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

One-Year Ago (18-October-2016) — New Jersey

Travel Souvenirs and Selfie

I saw this sand painting while visiting the temples in Bagan, Burma (Myanmar).  I am not often tempted to purchase souvenirs, but the birds on the tree reminded me of a Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug. We were only part way through the Spring 2016 Semester at Sea voyage when I purchased the sand painting and I wasn’t sure it would make the trip without being damaged . Two months later when I finally got home, the painting  was still in good condition.  I had it framed  locally using non-reflective glass, and it is now next to the Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug.

Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Troll and "Tree of Life". Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)
Troll and “Tree of Life”. Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)

Every Year or so, the Beard Falls Off

Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (13-June-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida. Day 2: St. Petersburg..

Walkabout in an urban farm & garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. After below normal rain at the beginning of the year, they are now in the daily monsoon season — with heavy thunderstorms and rain every afternoon. My troll got a chance to get out and sit on a large mushroom. The red chicken manages the location, as well as providing an egg every morning.

Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old Red Hen -- Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old Red Hen — Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)