Friday (01-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

While mowing the backyard, I found an Eastern Box Turtle at the edge of the grass and beginning of the wildflower meadow. The last time that I saw one in my yard was nearly 20 years ago. The back section is wet, and I recently found some May Apple plants — so had hoped to find that the turtles still existed on my property. There were frogs and dragonflies at the pond. The frogs jump into the pond before I can take their picture. Back on the patio, the plants in the Garden Towers are growing very fast. I have already started harvesting some of the lettuce. Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.




Ten-Years Ago (01-June-2008) — Colorado

Springtime Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park: Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird marking its territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec).

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Marking Its Territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Marking Its Territory at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)