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)

Four-Years Ago (05-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 7: Cape Ingolfshofdi (ingólfshöfði) Along the South East Coast.

Great Skua (wind span up to 140 cm/55 in) Soaring Above Cape Ingolfshofdi (Ingólfshöfði) an isolated headland on the southwest coast of Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens (ISO 220, 360 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).

Great Skua Soaring Above Cape Ingolfshofdi (Ingólfshöfði) an isolated headland on the southwest coast of Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VR II lens (ISO 220, 360 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Skua Soaring Above Cape Ingolfshofdi (Ingólfshöfði) an isolated headland on the southwest coast of Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens (ISO 220, 360 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).(David J Mathre)