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)

Saturday (16-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Afternoon walkabout. The zucchini plants were getting too big in the Garden Towers because they were using too much water, and their leaves wereย  blocking sunlight from the other plants. I attempted to transplant the zucchini plants. After a day they still seemed to be alive and still flowering. The Garden tower (level 1 (top) — tomatoes and carrots; level 2 — various lettuce; level 3 — various herbs; level 4 — peppers and peas; level 5 — zucchini (now gone) and swiss chard; level 6 — broccoli and cauliflower. The blue jays have become the dominant bird at the bird feeder, even though they are too big. It is funny to watch as they have to take the sunflower seed away and find somewhere hard to break it open, whereas the cardinals and house finches are able to open and eat the seed just with their beak. The only wildflower for the day is a daisy.

Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Garden Tower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Garden Tower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Blue Jay. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Blue Jay. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Daisy Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Daisy Flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

Thursday (07-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A Dragonfly and Icelandic Poppies.

Dragonfly on a Twig. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly on a Twig. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Pink Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Pink Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Red Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Red Icelandic Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)

Monday (04-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Lots going on. When the Blue Jay is at the bird feeder, all the other birds stay away. I noticed some White Clematis flowers across the street. Then I noticed some new wildflowers in my yard. So far this year it has been pretty sparse compared with last spring at this time. I don’t know the identity of the small white/pink/purple flowers. The plants in the Garden Tower are growing very fast. I am starting to eat some of the lettuce. The summer squash and cucumber plants are getting too big as their leaves are blocking light to the smaller plants in the tower. Some of the pepper plants are starting to bloom. The mile-a-minute vine is getting way out of control. In one section I used a propane torch to burn the vine. In another section I tried a chemical approach. I will compare the two sections in a week. While working the back section I found a couple of May Apple fruits. I have been told the Box Turtles eat, and then spread the seeds of the May Apple.





Mile-a-Minute Vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)
Mile-a-Minute Vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (David J Mathre)