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)

Thursday (14-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I did a walkabout in my yard this afternoon to check if any wildflowers have appeared. Something different from the firefly trails. An ant on a daisy flower, some small cactus flowers, a larger yellow prickly pear cactus flower, a yucca plant about to bloom (kept behind a wire mesh to keep the deer away), an icelandic poppy flower, a flowering beardtongue plant, and honeysuckle flowers.


Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Grow Tower. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Fresh Picked Strawberries. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Mosquito emerging from the water. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Spider at my Computer Desk. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)

Saturday (14-April-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Spring Nature in New Jersey.

The bright green version of the Stink Bug is new to me this year. It is smaller than the brown stink bug, but looks different from some of the ones I found in an online search.

Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)
Green Stink Bug. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) + flash. (David J Mathre)

Thursday (22-March-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard (and Indoor) Early Spring Nature in New Jersey.

The snow had stopped by the time I woke up. It looked like 6-8 inches. It was fluffy and light, not like the wet & heavy stuff we got with the 2nd Nor’easter. Some images of the snow-covered patio, with a charcoal grill waiting for real spring weather. Then the trees damaged by the previous storm.  As for indoor nature, I am still finding some stink bugs (but not the green ones). By the afternoon, the snow slid off the solar panels, and I was generating electricity. The snow on the driveway and front entry was melting fast so I didn’t need to get the shovel out. As fast as the snow is melting, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some local flooding over the next couple of days. Hopefully, this will be the last Nor’easter this spring.




Individual images from the slide-shows can be viewed here.