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)


Tuesday (19-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

A yellow flower on the cucumber plant, a Blue Jay at the bird feeder, a male Northern Cardinal below the bird feeder.

Yellow Cucumber Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Yellow Cucumber Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)



Monday (18-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Nature in New Jersey.

It rained early in the evening, and then again early in the morning so I wasn’t able to leave the cameras out as long. I also reduced the shutter time to 30 seconds on the Fuji X-H1 camera due to sensor noise. I am wondering if the issue with the sensor noise is the temperature outside?

Firefly Trails. Composite of 476 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 476 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 472 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 472 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 472 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 472 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Define 2, and Surface Pro Book 2. (David J Mathre)

Sunday (17-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Blue Jay’s and Northern Cardinals at my bird feeder. I don’t think that these images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens are as sharp as the ones taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens. Part of the issue may be that the images with the Fuji camera were taken hand-held vs. on a tripod for the Nikon camera.




Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.

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 were  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)