Saturday (04-October-2008) — California

Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Yosemite National Park.

Red Headed Woodpecker. As I drove through Yosemite Valley on the way to Curry Village to join the Nikonians group for ANPAT 8, I noticed this Red Headed Woodpecker (Northern Pileated Woodpecker) on a dead tree. I stopped and realized that it was loading acorns into the tree for winter. I didn’t know that these woodpeckers also lived in California.

Red Headed Woodpecker (Northern Pileated Woodpecker). Loading acorns in a dead tree for winter in Yosemite Valley. (David J Mathre)
Red Headed Woodpecker (Northern Pileated Woodpecker). Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (05-April-2008) — Louisiana

Gone to See America 2008. Springtime in New Orleans.

Some images taken while walking along the Mississippi Riverwalk near the convention center during some time off from the American Chemical Society spring national meeting. The images were all processed using Capture One Pro, including conversion to B&W. Compared with before the hurricane, the area around the convention center has undergone significant urban development and improvement.

Barge going under Mississippi River Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Barge going under Mississippi River Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 130 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 150 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 150 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Dusita Narre under Mississippi River Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 95 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Dusita Narre under Mississippi River Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 95 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 170 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull along Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 170 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull, Dusita Naree, and Bridge along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).
Seagull along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 170 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Seagull along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 170 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W).

Wednesday (27-February-2008) — Utah

Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” Workshop Day 3. Hovenweep National Monument.

The Elderhostel “Photography in the Southwest” workshop was based at Kelly Place B&B just outside of Cortez Colorado. This is a great location in McElmo Canyon, quiet and remote. It borders Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The following images were taken in and around Hovenweep National Monument in Utah.

Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)
Hovenweep National Monument. (David J Mathre)

Saturday (19-January-2008) — New Jersey

Winter Birds at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Somerset County New Jersey

Great Blue Heron and a pair of Mallard Ducks in the pond. I guess they decided to spend the winter here rather than in Florida.  Some years this pond freezes over.

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)

Thursday (27-December-2007) — Florida

Gone to See America. December 2007 Florida Road Trip. Day 6: Birds at Fort De Soto Park.

It is always fun going to Fort De Soto Park. It is located on the southern end of Pinellas county separating Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The park is known for its beaches and is a great location to take bird pictures. The three images for this day include a Great Blue Heron, a White Egret having a cricket for breakfast, and an Osprey building a nest under a full moon.

Great Blue Heron. Image taken with an Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 120 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron. Image taken with an Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 120 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec).
White Egret having a Cricket for Breakfast. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-20 II (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Egret having a Cricket for Breakfast. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-20 II (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/400 sec).
Osprey Landing on Nest under a Nearly Full Moon. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-17 II (ISO 200, 340 mm, f/11, 1/340 sec). (David J Mathre)
Osprey Landing on Nest under a Nearly Full Moon. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens with TC-17 II (ISO 200, 340 mm, f/11, 1/340 sec). (David J Mathre)