Today (10-August-2017) — New Jersey

The well drilling company arrived early this morning to drill two holes for a closed-loop geothermal heat pump. The heat pump will replace my oil furnace, oil hot-water heater, and air conditioner. One more step to reduce my carbon footprint.

Two wells being drilled for a closed loop geothermal heat exchange pipe. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 or 11-23 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Two wells being drilled for a closed loop geothermal heat exchange pipe. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2.8 or 11-23 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


Today (05-August-2017) — New Jersey

Two of the Burma water-bottle gourds in my wildflower meadow flowered today. It seem like they open at night when the moon is nearly full. I don’t know if a night moth is needed to fertilize to get one of the gourds. The one planted over a year ago in Florida produced a gourd over 1 meter in length. The image of the flower is behind a nylon mesh that I hope will keep it protected from the deer tonight.

Burma Water Bottle Gourd Flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 280, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Burma Water Bottle Gourd Flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 280, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Today (22-July-2017) — New Jersey

The first Sunflower to bloom in my wildflower meadow. Somehow it escaped the deer that have nibbled many of the sunflower plants before they were able to bloom. The deer don’t seem to mind the electric fence. My neighbors tell me that I need to put up an 8-10 foot fence. That won’t keep the ground hog from digging below the fence.

First Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
First Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Today (24-June-2017) — New Jersey

A different type of Black-eyed Susan with a red circle showed up in the small wildflower meadow I planted last year. I didn’t add any new seeds to this section this year, so the flowers that are showing up are either perennials, bi-annuals, or got reseeded from last years flowers. So far the flowers that appeared in this section include (sort of by date) Italian (Crimson) Clover, several types of Poppies, several types of Daisies, Bachelor Buttons (Cornflowers), and now two types of Black-eyed Susan. Just before the Daisies started to bloom, a deer got in and nibbled on the flower buds. Since then I put up a seven foot mesh (not electrified).

Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 

Today (20-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring. In addition to the poppies, a number of new flowers are starting to appear (Babies Breath, Bachelors Buttons, Coreopsis, Cosmos, various Daisies, Larkspur, and Black-eyed Susan). The yellow prickly pear cactus flowers only open for one day.

Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (19-June-2017) — New Jersey

It got dark in the early afternoon as a line of thunderstorms rolled in. A couple of hours of heavy rain helped cool the house down. I was sitting down processing some images and all of sudden it started getting bright outside. As I looked out the clouds were getting lit by the setting sun. Then I saw a rainbow appear. By the time I got outside with a camera the color of the sky was changing, first to orange, then to pink. I got a few shots before the rainbow disappeared.

Rainbow at Sunset. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 Camera and 16-55 mm  f/2.8  zoom lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Rainbow at Sunset. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 Camera and 16-55 mm f/2.8 zoom lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (08-June-2017) — New Jersey

For my backyard walkabout today I used a Leica T camera with a wide-angle 11-23 mm zoom lens. I was pleased that I could focus this lens at relatively close distances. This first image is of a yellow California poppy flower. The first of these that I was fully open this season. These flowers close at night, and when cold — so I was glad to see it open this morning. You can read between the lines that I was happy that the sun was out this morning. Many more images of red and pink poppies. I planted four tomato seedlings. We will see if they make it this year. Progress is being made with the home renovation — the first section of the copper gutter was installed, and the first stone step to the patio was installed.

 

Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (07-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my wildflower garden with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens. Lots of red poppies, some large and some small. One series at different apertures (including a close-up crop). Still only one blue bachelor button (cornflower) blooming.

 

Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 

Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (06-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers and plants after yet another rainstorm this spring. Including the first Bachelor Button flower of the season.

 

First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)