Sunday (08-July-2018) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I stopped at the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve to see if any butterflies have arrived. I only found some really tiny butterflies (or are they moths?).  While walking down the gas line trail, I noticed a deer watching me from the bushes. It looks like she has a wound on her head between the eyes that was covered with flies. Back home, there was a wary groundhog, a bull frog in my pond, and a young fawn going through my wildflower garden eating the buds before they can bloom.



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Friday (11-May-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Tree Fungus, Azalea Flowers, and a Ground Hog. The tree fungus and red azalea flowers were in a neighbor’s yard. They have a high fence to keep the deer away. I lost my azalea shrubs years ago to the ever hungry deer. The groundhog was in my backyard, just at the dividing line between what is supposed to be the wildflower meadow and grass. You can see that the main thing growing in the wildflower meadow is the invasive “mile-a-minute” vine.

Tree Fungus. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens. (David J Mathre)
Tree Fungus. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens. (David J Mathre)



Three-Years Ago (21-July-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Willie the Groundhog vs. Harvey the Rabbit. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec).

Willie the Groundhog vs. Harvey the Rabbit. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Willie the Groundhog vs. Harvey the Rabbit. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (19-June-2012) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Springtime in New Jersey.

On this last day of spring, I saw a fat groundhog eating grass just off my porch. The animal is really shy, running away as soon as it sees my camera & lens.

Shy Groundhog in My Backyard. Last Day of Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 250, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Shy Groundhog in My Backyard. Last Day of Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 250, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)