Saturday (16-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Nature in New Jersey.

I heard that a neighbor recently trapped 8 raccoons. But apparently, not the ones getting into my Garden Tower. I refilled the composting tube with kitchen scraps, and last night the raccoon tried to get up on the Garden Tower to check for a free meal. Instead it found that the electric fence was on. Infrared Video recorded by an Arlo Security camera.

Thursday (14-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I did a walkabout in my yard this afternoon to check if any wildflowers have appeared. Something different from the firefly trails. An ant on a daisy flower, some small cactus flowers, a larger yellow prickly pear cactus flower, a yucca plant about to bloom (kept behind a wire mesh to keep the deer away), an icelandic poppy flower, a flowering beardtongue plant, and honeysuckle flowers.


Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)

Monday (04-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Lots going on. When the Blue Jay is at the bird feeder, all the other birds stay away. I noticed some White Clematis flowers across the street. Then I noticed some new wildflowers in my yard. So far this year it has been pretty sparse compared with last spring at this time. I don’t know the identity of the small white/pink/purple flowers. The plants in the Garden Tower are growing very fast. I am starting to eat some of the lettuce. The summer squash and cucumber plants are getting too big as their leaves are blocking light to the smaller plants in the tower. Some of the pepper plants are starting to bloom. The mile-a-minute vine is getting way out of control. In one section I used a propane torch to burn the vine. In another section I tried a chemical approach. I will compare the two sections in a week. While working the back section I found a couple of May Apple fruits. I have been told the Box Turtles eat, and then spread the seeds of the May Apple.





Mile-a-Minute Vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Mile-a-Minute Vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)


Saturday (02-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey and Local Farmers Market.

Birds at the bird feeder and the first Montgomery Farmer’s Market. Individual images can be viewed here.