Eight-Years Ago (28-August-2010) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey: Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on a Thistle Bloom. Sourland Mountain Preserve, Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on Thistle Bloom. Sourland Mountain Preserve, Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on Thistle Bloom. Sourland Mountain Preserve, Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)

Saturday (14-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey.

My first Monarch Butterfly of the season. I am glad I planted this small section of wildflowers right next to the house, as the other sections have been devastated by “mile-a-minute” vine and deer. The deer like to munch on the plants before the flowers can bloom. I am going to have to go back to an electric fence.  As soon as I saw the Monarch Butterfly, I ran back inside and grabbed the first camera I could find with a telephoto zoom lens. When I see more, I will come back with a macro lens.

Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Friday (15-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime in New Jersey.

I am starting to see flowers, and wildflowers  — but not the large numbers (or meadow) like last year. The plants in the grow tower are getting big. I actually had to cull (remove) the zucchini and cucumber plants because they were getting too big and blocking the sun from the other plants. I did see a frog hiding near the newly expanded pond. Also, one of the may apple plants still has its apple (seed pod).



Frog hiding just out of the pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Frog hiding just out of the pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Wild Blackberries (?). Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Wild Blackberries (?). Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (06-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

My wildflower meadow is still very bare. I did notice two Bachelor Button flowers, and I have still not identified the small white & pink flower. On the other side of the house there were some daisy like flowers. The pepper plants in the planter, and vegetables & lettuce in the Garden Tower.

Blue Bachelor Button. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Blue Bachelor Button. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
White and Pink Wildflower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
White and Pink Wildflower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Daisy Like Wildflower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Daisy Like Wildflower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)




Seven-Years Ago (07-January-2011) — Argentina/Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 12: Calafate, Argentina to Estancia Lazo, Chile.

On the way from Argentina to Chile, we stopped at a sheep ranch (Estancia). We got to watch the sheep dogs manage a herd of sheep, then one of the sheep getting sheared.

Greater Rhea with Three Chicks on an Estancia in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Greater Rhea with Three Chicks on an Estancia in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)