Wednesday (17-April-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

While harvesting lettuce from my indoor hydroponic grow box, I caught a stink bug having lunch. I know that they are vegetarian, but I don’t need the extra protein in my salad.

Stink Bug eating my lettuce. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug eating my lettuce. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Thursday (07-February-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor and Outdoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

I caught a Stink Bug in my indoor herb garden. I’ve read that they are vegetarians. Then a black crow just beyond my patio was acting as the lookout while his/her partner in crime raided the bird feeder.

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Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/18, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


Sunday (06-January-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed a hairy spider while checking the hydroponic herb garden. I hope it goes after the tiny bugs nibbling on my basil leaves. I am not sure if the tiny bugs are nymph forms of the stink bug or something else. I also got a shot of the small pink flower on the cactus.



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Pink Cactus Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/11, 1/15 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (05-January-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

The herb plants (basil, thyme, parsley, dill, mint) in the hydroponic garden are all bigger. I added about 2 liters of water and 8 mL of the nutrient solution to each garden after returning from Florida. I noticed some small black dots on the bottom of the basil leaves. Looking closer through a macro lens, the dots are tiny bugs. One type looks like nymph versions of Stink Bugs and another type looks like Aphids.

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Hydroponic Herb Garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
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Tiny Bugs Eating a Basil Leaf. Hydroponic Herb Garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)

Saturday (15-September-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Late Summer Nature in New Jersey.

In addition to all of the crickets making noise outside, I heard one in the house last night. When I woke up this morning, I found Jiminy in the laundry room. He stayed still long enough for me to grab a camera with a macro lens. Afterwards, I helped him find his way back outside to be with his friends.

Jiminy Cricket. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Jiminy Cricket. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)