Friday (22-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summer Nature in New Jersey.

The Yucca and Prickly Pear flowers are in bloom. There are several new wildflowers (and I am not sure of the ID). I also am seeing more poppies (Red, Icelandic, and California). Individual images from the slide-shows are available here.




Mourning Dove. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Mourning Dove. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Frog Eggs in a Pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Frog Eggs in a Pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Raccoon trap and bait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Raccoon trap and bait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)

Thursday (21-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summer Nature in New Jersey.

First day of Summer. The Yucca plant gets closer to blooming, the deer ate the flowering tops of the hot pepper plants, the Red Poppies are starting to bloom, and a carrot like wildflower with tiny white flowers is starting to bloom.


Wednesday (20-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

On the last day of spring the Yucca plants are about to bloom, and the Prickly Pear Cactus plants are blooming. The Yucca flower only open at night, and if I am lucky near a full moon when a large white moth is attracted to their scent. The deer really like the Yucca flower shoots, and will often eat them before the flowers even open unless I protect the plants. The Prickly Pear flowers only open after the sun is out, and then only for a day. There were not as many bugs in the Prickly Pear flowers this year. The deer ignore these flowers

Yucca Plant Flowers About to Open. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Yucca Plant Flowers About to Open. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Yucca Plant Flowers About to Open. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Yucca Plant Flowers About to Open. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)


Monday (18-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Spring Nature in New Jersey.

This hairy spider spent the day guarding my front door. I don’t know why it kept its rear leg up in the air anytime I got close to take a picture. During my daily walkabout I found a number of flowers (daisy, poppy, California poppy, Moth Mullen, yellow prickly pear cactus, etc). Still not as many as last year when I had the electric fence up. I see on my security video cameras the deer coming up every night and nibbling on the plants before they can bloom.

Hairy Spider at my Front Door. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Hairy Spider at my Front Door. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Daisy. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Daisy. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Day Lily. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Day Lily. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)




Violet Cosmos Flower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Violet Cosmos Flower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Yucca about to bloom. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Yucca about to bloom. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Black and White Cat trying to Hide Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Black and White Cat trying to Hide Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)