Tuesday (27-February-2018) — New Jersey

Winter Nature in New Jersey — Spring is Coming.

I noticed that the purple crocus flowers across the street just started to bloom. Early, but not as early as 17-February-2012. It was sunny today, and another reason to check out a new camera. This was also the first day this year that my solar panels produced more electricity than I used.



Individual images can be viewed here.

Pink indoor cactus flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Pink indoor cactus flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)

Today (25-April-2017) — New Jersey

I’ve been waiting several days for the remaining barrel cactus flowers to open. I set the plant up in a lightbox and started taking periodic images. Initially, every 5 minutes, then 2 minutes, and finally 1 minute. Ultimately, I plan to make a time-lapsed video.

Troll with blooming barrel cactus. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec) +SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)
Troll with blooming barrel cactus. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec) +SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)

Today (18-April-2017) — New Jersey

After spending several days outdoors in the sun, the cactus flower closed. I brought it back inside. Next thing I knew there was a Stink bug sucking on the flower. I have read that Stink bugs are vegetarian, and have pictures of them on a grapefruit slice and on my cactus before.

Stink bug on an old cactus bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash). (David J Mathre)
Stink bug on an old cactus bloom. Indoor spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash). (David J Mathre)

Today (16-April-2017) — New Jersey

While the barrel cactus with the big red flower was allowed a few day outside in the sun, one of the other barrel cactus inside and under the LED grow lights decided to bloom. It has many flowers, but they are much smaller.

Barrel cactus with tiny red flowers. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/32, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)
Barrel cactus with tiny red flowers. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/32, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)
Barrel cactus with tiny red flowers. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)
Barrel cactus with tiny red flowers. Indoor spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec) + SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)