Wednesday (18-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

In addition to the wildflowers, I also planted some seeds for Water Bottle gourds (also known as Calabash, Opo, or in Burma Boo Thee. It took nearly a month for the seeds to germinate inside. As such they didn’t get transplanted outdoors as soon as I would have liked. The plants started slow, but the electric fence kept the deer away. Finally, the vines started growing much faster and trying to climb as high as possible. At this point they produced some very big leaves. The first white flowers didn’t produce any fruit. The flowers opened at night, and closed once it got hot the next day. Finally, some of the flowers did develop some green gourds. When they got to be about the size of zucchini, the fruit turned brown and rotted. Finally, I did get a few that didn’t rot. They are not as long as the 40 inch long ones that my parents grew in Florida last year. The vines are still producing white flowers every night, but it is much too late in the season to expect anything larger. Once I turned off the electric fence, the deer came in and started eating the vines. Next year, I will try to germinate the seeds at least a month earlier, and make sure they get transplanted to a warm spot with lots of sunlight.

Fruit from a Water Bottle gourd. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm zoom lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/8, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fruit from a Water Bottle gourd. Also known as Calabash, Opo, and in Burma Boo Thee. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm zoom lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/8, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)


One-Year Ago (14-October-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

The doe does like to eat acorns.

Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 224 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Doe hunting for acorns. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 224 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (09-November-2012) — New Jersey

Eleven days post Hurricane Sandy. Electricity had been restored and I was finally able to cook a meal in the house again. Ramen Noodle Soup with Beef and Red Onion. Prior to this I had been cooking by propane in my RV (which was running low because I had been running the generator to charge neighbors cell phones). Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera (ISO 320, 4.3 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec).

Ramen Noodle Soup with Beef and Red Onion. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera. (David J Mathre)
Ramen Noodle Soup with Beef and Red Onion. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera. (David J Mathre)

Today (09-November-2012) — New Jersey

Ramen Noodles with Beef and Red Onion.

There is a new food program “The Mind of a Chef” on the local PBS Station (WHYY) that premiered tonight. In the first episode the Chef David Chang featured Ramen noodles. I am glad that they are quick to cook, and was able to prepare a bowl of Ramen noodles with beef and raw red onions during the program break before the next episode started.

Ramen Noodle Soup with Beef and Red Onion. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera. (David J Mathre)
Ramen Noodle Soup with Beef and Red Onion. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 30 camera. (David J Mathre)

Today (24-November-2011) — New Jersey

Carol and Laurin’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

Carol and Laurin from across the street invited me to their annual Thanksgiving celebration dinner. This year Carol used some Bittersweet vines from my yard for decorations. I took a number of images with my new Nikon 1 V1 camera, with a 10 mm f/2.8 lens. I was trying to see what I can do with a small camera without a flash. I have 28 images to share, but am only including a few for this post. (Updated with slide show)

Laurin and Carol's Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration 2011 in Skillman, New Jersey. Images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Laurin and Carol’s Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration 2011 in Skillman, New Jersey. Images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)