Wednesday (17-April-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

There are plants and flowers that the deer don’t like — daffodils, dandelions, purple crocus, wild violets, and Pieris japonica. I have just planted a number of forsythia and lilac bushes. I hope the deer stay away from them. The flowers in the trees (cherry, plum, and maple) are high enough so the deer are not able to reach. The vegetable garden, tulips and other flowers that I need to worry about are behind an electric fence to deter the deer.

Daffodil Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Daffodil Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Dandelion Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Dandelion Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Purple Crocus Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wild Violet Blooms. New Jersey State Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wild Violet Blooms. New Jersey State Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pieris japonica Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pieris japonica Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)



Forsythia Flowers Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Forsythia Flowers Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Forsythia Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Forsythia Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tulip about to Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tulip about to Bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

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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.





Monday (23-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime in New Jersey.

The temperatures have warmed a bit, so it is time to get started on the red-brick walkway around the house. The path was laid out last fall with gravel and fine stone dust. The Japanese Andromeda shrub is in bloom. This, and the daffodils are some of the few flowers ignored by the ravenous deer.



Saturday (07-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

I installed a bird-feeder next to my back patio. It took a day for some small birds (Chipping Sparrow) to find it. I wonder how long it will be before the squirrels (and bear) stop by. I will put up a wildlife camera and see what type of critters I can catch. Some Forsythia has started to bloom. Compare the image from today with the same view seven years ago. Finally, some daffodils from today.


Forsythia above a stone wall. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/3.2, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Forsythia above a stone wall. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/3.2, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)


Monday (02-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey. April Snow.

Not an April fools joke. When I woke before sunrise this morning there were a dozen deer in the backyard, and light rain. By the time that the sun came up, hidden by the clouds, it started to snow. At first it melted, but then started to remain on the ground. Remember those daffodils from yesterday. Well they are now covered with snow…

April Snow -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). 5 (David J Mathre)
April Snow — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec). 5 (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird bath statue with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Birdbath statue with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird bath statue with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird tracks in April snow -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird tracks in April snow — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April -- Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lonely daffodil with snow in April — Winter is not gone. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)