Friday (04-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Raccoons got into the composting tube of my Tower Garden again. Infrared videos taken with a Distianert “Critter Cam”. The cactus plant I put on top of the cover to the composting tube didn’t bother the raccoon. It may be time to set up the electric fence this year.

Four-Years Ago (01-May-2014) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A fallen tree caught by the Rock Brook bridge during some localized flooding the previous night. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/9 sec).

A Tree Caught By the Single Lane Rock Brook Bridge Last Night During the Flooding. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/9 sec). (David J Mathre)
A Tree Caught By the Single Lane Rock Brook Bridge Last Night During the Flooding. Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/9 sec). (David J Mathre)

Friday (27-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Several varieties of Daffodils are in bloom. The deer ignore the daffodils. I found a couple of Grape Hyacinths (muscari). It looks like the deer nibble on the green leaves, but leave the flowers. I am not sure where they come from as I don’t remember planting these. There are also wild violets in the lawn all through the backyard. Way back from the house is a tree covered with small white flowers. I think it is a Bradford pear tree. I didn’t see any bees near the flowers? My Plum tree is about to bloom, and the Japanese Maple tree is turning bright red. I assembled a Garden Tower to plant Herbs and Vegetables up on the patio (hopefully away from the deer). I also moved the cactus that have spent the winter inside the house out onto the patio.





Thursday (26-April-2018) — New Jersey

Home Cooking. Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Maple Syrup Bread.

Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Maple Syrup Bread Recipe: Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); Rye Flour (1 cup); Whole Wheat Flour (1/2 cup); Oatmeal (1/2 cup); Bread Flour (1/2 cup); Flax Seed (1/4 cup);  brown sugar (2 tbs); maple syrup (1/4 cup); dry milk (1/4 cup); salt (1 tsp); egg (1 large); walnut oil (2 tbs); water (1 1/3 cup). Above ingredients added to the Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool. This time the bread rose to the top, and was cooked all the way through. Next time want to try a version with more maple syrup and no brown sugar.

Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, Maple Syrup Bread. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 640, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, Maple Syrup Bread. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 640, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)