Tuesday (14-November-2017) — New Jersey

Indoor Succulent Plant with Tiny Red Flowers

This is the second one of my indoor succulent plants to send up a shoot with tiny red flowers. I think the succulent may be some type of Sempervivum (Hen & Chicks). I have been told that once a Hen blooms, that it will die, and the Chicks will take over.  In addition to the image of the full plant, I have blown up (cropped) the image for a closer view of the flowers. I will try to do some macro images of the small flowers.

Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Succulent plant with a stalk and small red flowers. [Semlpervivum, Hen & Chicks?] Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/16, 1 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)

Today (18-April-2017) — New Jersey

After spending several days outdoors in the sun, the cactus flower closed. I brought it back inside. Next thing I knew there was a Stink bug sucking on the flower. I have read that Stink bugs are vegetarian, and have pictures of them on a grapefruit slice and on my cactus before.

Stink bug on an old cactus bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash). (David J Mathre)
Stink bug on an old cactus bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash). (David J Mathre)

Today (13-April-2017) — New Jersey

One of my indoor cacti started blooming last night. The flower is bright red. It looks like there will be four more flowers. I am going to try to do a time-lapsed video as they open. I will also put the plant outside in the sun tomorrow to see if the local bees find it. Otherwise, I will need to try to manually pollinate the flower.

Cactus in Bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec) and SB-900 flash. (David J Mathre)
Cactus in Bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec) and SB-900 flash. (David J Mathre)
Cactus in Bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec) and SB-900 flash. (David J Mathre)
Cactus in Bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec) and SB-900 flash. (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (11-March-2012) — New Jersey

Some more late winter flowers from my daily walkabout. Hope for spring. Images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens. I got to really like this lightweight camera.

White Snow Drop Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Snow Drop Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey -- spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Daffodil Bloom. Backyard winter nature in New Jersey — spring must be coming. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)