Friday (24-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Early morning thunderstorm, with lots of rain (1.50″). The pond is full, but muddy. It was foggy out early in the morning adding atmosphere to some of the images. The rain brought a bit more life out of the Lemon-Mint, Bee-Balm, and Bergamot — but the butterflies and clearwing moths are preferring the Thistle flowers. In one set of butterfly images, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is being chased by a Yellow-jacket Wasp. Morning images are with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens.

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Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly being chased by a Yellow-jacket Wasp. captured with a Nikon D5 camera and 200-500 mm f/5.6 VR lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Afternoon images are with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. They include Clearwing Hummingbird moth and both the common Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly and the Dark morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. This camera sometimes is slow in focusing on close subject, but once it locks onto the subject does a great job keeping focus on the rapidly moving Clearwing Hummingbird moth.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (Hemaris thysbe) captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Birds of the Day: American Black Vulture and American Goldfinch captured with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm f/4 lens. Individual images from this slide show can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Gray Catbird, House Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Mourning Dove, American Goldfinch, American Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Song Sparrow.

Afternoon at the Birdfeeders: Gray Catbird, House Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hairy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch.

Daily Electric Energy Used (57.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (35.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy all day. A deficit of 21.5 kWh.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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