Thursday (20-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of Spring. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The rain continues… The sun did come out for a bit in the afternoon. Went on a walkabout with my Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm telephoto lens. Frogs and Dragonflies near the pond. The Yucca and Prickly Pear cactus are blooming, as well as other Cosmos and Baby Blue Eye wildflowers.

Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)





Daily Power Use (50.7 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (38.36 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I did laundry and the Geothermal A/C was running.

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Tuesday (26-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I haven’t done the morning dawn clouds for some time as the sun has been getting up earlier than I have. I did notice some colors this morning and shot some pictures before the colors faded. I noticed that the deer found the flowering Yucca plants, and pretty much ate all of the flowers. ARRG!. I have a new high-resolution DSLR camera to test — used for the first time on today’s walkabout for flowers and frogs.

Early Morning Pastel Colored Clouds. Composite of four images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Pastel Colored Clouds. Composite of four images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)




Individual Images in the Slide-Shows can be viewed here.

Monday (25-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Yucca flowers are mostly open. I hope to see the large white moth that visits them when the moon is full. Many years they don’t get this far, because the deer consider the flowers a delicacy. Each day that the sun is warm a new set of  yellow Prickly Pear flowers open. The bees really like these flowers. Other flowers blooming include Day Lilies, Red Poppies, and Nasturium.


Saturday (23-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summertime in New Jersey.

There were three young fawns with spots in my backyard. Two of the fawns were very rambunctious running after each other as their mothers stayed still and watched. The new bird for the day at the bird feeder was a Hairy Woodpecker. A variety of Lily flowers have been blooming in my neighbor’s yard. The ones I planted last year didn’t make it being taken over by the “mile-a-minute” vine. Individual images from the slide-shows can be viewed here.




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)