Late Winter Backyard Morning Nature in New Jersey.
Dawn colors as viewed from my rear patio door. The snow is nearly knee-deep. It will be a few days before this all melts. Composite of six images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. The colors in the eastern sky disappeared within a few minutes. Four trees, lots of branches and my last Rhododendron were lost due to the heavy snow and strong winds. During the rest of the day, there were several power glitches. A little after 23:00 the power went out completely for about an hour while the PSE&G crews reconnected some of the neighbors houses.
Backyard Late Winter in New Jersey. Nor’easter Two.
Winter finally arrived with the second nor’easter in a week. This time with lots of snow. The snow started last night. By mid-day it was coming down pretty fast. I was surprised when I had an Amazon Prime – Prime Pantry delivery. In the past, UPS or USPS would hold the delivery if it was snowing. The independent Amazon delivery folks came through. The driver did indicate he was having issues with the GPS on his phone not working, and had to use a map. During the afternoon I heard thunder, and several trees falling. I took these images just before 17:00 while it was still light out. In some places the snow was up to my knees. It will be a while before I can get the car up the driveway. It looks like I lost 3 or 4 trees, and my last Rhododendron bush. I will miss the Rhododendron flowers since they attracted both bees and hummingbird moths. By evening the power was spiking several times. It only went out once, but I did have to reset several devices.
Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.
Whole Wheat Bread Recipe: Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup); Bread Flour (1 cup); Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); brown sugar (2 1/3 tbs); dry milk (1/4 cup); salt (2 tsp); egg (1 medium); unsalted butter (1/4 cup cubed); water (1 1/4 cup). Above ingredients added to Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool. Probably need to cut back on the yeast or sugar a bit since the loaf totally filled the bread maker.
Hearty Whole Wheat & Rye Bread Recipe: Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup); Bread Flour (1 cup); Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); Rye Flour (1 cup); brown sugar (2 tbs); dry milk (1/4 cup); caraway seed (1 tbs); fennel seed (1 tbs); anise seed (1 tbs), dill seed (1 tbs); salt (1 tsp); instant coffee (1 tbs); cocoa powder (1 tbs); egg (1 large); flax oil (2 tbs); water (1 1/2 cup); molasses (1/4 cup). Above ingredients minus the molasses added to Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Once the unit started mixing the ingredients the molasses was slowly added. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool.
Compare with the bread recipe I was using five years ago (06-March-2013).
Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey — Spring is Near.
Little do the Snow Drops and Purple Crocus flowers in a neighbor’s backyard know that another Nor’easter storm is predicted for tomorrow with 1-12 inches of snow and lots of wind. While photographing the flowers, a wary cat kept track of my every move.
Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.