David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. Images I post on Google+ are also forwarded to this Photo blog. I am a retired chemist that worked nearly thirty years in the Pharmaceutical industry. I took my first DSLR camera on a road trip across the United States, and became hooked, with my new passion becoming a photographer. I now spend all my time traveling and taking pictures. Since then I have visited over 50 countries, many on Semester at Sea voyages. My photographic interests include travel, the natural world, landscapes, and photographic techniques. I always want to learn something new and the only way to become better is to learn from mistakes.


Today — Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey

Last fall I planted a section of wildflowers next to the side of the house. Until yesterday, the only flowers were Crimson (Italian) clover. Last night I noticed some other flowers about to open. This morning there were three California Poppy flowers, and one blue wildflower (ID unknown). There will be many more of the blue flowers opening soon. I also saw some other varieties of poppies about to open.

Then as I was about to go inside I saw a Clearwing Moth (Strawberry Moth, Hummingbird Moth) working the Rhododendron flowers. In the past, I have only seen these later in the summer (August – September). This made my day. After that, I kept going out hoping to see it again.

#Animalia (+Animalia) created by +Adelphe BACHELET

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin + +Stephen Thackeray

In album 2016-05-29

4 Responses to “Today — Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey”

  1. Mary Sperley Mary Sperley says:

    I think the blue one is a bachelor button. Aunt Mary

  2. Mary Sperley Mary Sperley says:

    Have never seen the Clearwing moth. I can see why it made your day. Nice shot. Aunt Mary

  3. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +Mary Sperley Thanks, look like it. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower, or bachelor button.

  4. One of my all-time favorite flowers is the blue batchelor's button! Beautiful photos.

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