Daily images. In the morning an American Goldfinch at the bird feeder. In the afternoon some late-blooming fancy daffodils, garlic mustard flowers (invasive weed), grape hyacinth flowers (invasive weed), violet flowers, carpenter bees, and a wary doe. I had to spend a lot of time trying to capture the carpenter bees in flight. Ultimately, I managed to capture a couple of images by using manual focus. (Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.)
Several more Red Poppies bloomed as well as some smaller Icelandic Poppies. The Rhododendron flowers are beginning to fad, with lots of pink petals on the ground. I don’t know the ID of the purple, blue, or yellow wildflowers. Any help would be appreciated. The only non-flower picture is one of a carpenter bee drilling a hole in my house.
Individual images from the slideshow can be viewed here.
The water was still running heavy in the nearby Rock Brook. A tree had fallen into the stream and got caught by the bridge. The Dogwood trees were in bloom, and the Carpenter Bees were out looking to drill holes into the wood exterior of my house. I’m not sure what type of tree or shrub it is where the leaves appear to be emerging from a pod. Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.
Carpenter Bee in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). This is a crop from the full image. I did this hand-held, and had to manually focus. So lots of out of focus images to get one I liked.
Pair of Eastern Carpenter Bees Mating. Note the orange light under the male’s abdomen. The light was not there in the frame before or after. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Nik Define, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.