Today (01-Jun-2017) — New Jersey

The yucca plants have started putting up the flower stalks. I have a real problem with deer nibbling on the shoots before the flowers can even open. Last year I wired yellow plastic grocery store bags, sort of to act as scarecrows. It sort of worked, but I did get comments from the neighbors. This year I am trying deer netting — more as a deterrence. If this doesn’t work I will need to extend the electric fence. The carpenter bees are drilling more holes in the cedar siding on the front of the house.

 

Yucca stalk with flower buds. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera  and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/90 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Yucca stalk with flower buds. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/90 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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