Thursday (19-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Painted Lady Butterfly on an orange Zinnia flower in my wildflower meadow.

Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec). (David J Mathre)
Painted Lady butterfly on an orange late season wildflower. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec). (David J Mathre)

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)


Tuesday (17-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

I left part of the backyard wildflower garden/meadow intact until the fuel oil tank needs to be removed. Even though it is getting cooler at night there are still a lot of flowers in bloom. The bees and Painted Lady butterflies are busy working the flowers.

Bee on a pink Cosmos flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens. (David J Mathre)
Bee on a pink Cosmos flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens. (David J Mathre)


Wednesday (11-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

I noticed a Praying Mantis, the autumn insect warrior working in my backyard. It just ate a cricket for lunch.  There are still a lot of flowers in the garden. A variety of Morning Glory and Cosmos blooms. The bees are still working hard to harvest nectar and pollen.

Autumn Warrior -- Praying Mantis. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Autumn Warrior — Praying Mantis. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


Tuesday (10-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Although the growing season is winding down, there are still a lot of viable flowers in bloom.

Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/420 sec). (David J Mathre)
Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/420 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Red Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Pink Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pink Dahlia Bloom. Autumn flowers in my garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (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 (04-August-2017) — New Jersey

The Monarch butterflies also like the orange marigold flowers in my wildflower meadow.

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)