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)

 

Sunday (01-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Some of my first daffodils to bloom this spring. These are ones that I planted three years ago. They are not as early blooming as the ones across the street. I hope that the prediction for snow tomorrow is an April fools joke.



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Saturday (24-March-2018) — New Jersey

Early Spring in New Jersey. Backyard Maple Syrup Production.

We thought the maple trees had stopped producing sap, but the several Nor’easter storms and the resultant late winter & early spring snow got the sap flowing again. So one final batch of sap needed to be cooked down.


Lonely Bench. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)
Lonely Bench. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)