Sunday (30-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of June. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It hasn’t rained for several days, and is quite warm out. The wildflower meadows are filling in nicely with lots of new flowers. A band of American Goldfinch moved in and started eating the Cornflowers (Bachelor Buttons). Several Sunflowers have opened up. I now have one sunflower plant that is nearly up to my roof.

Backyard Wildflowers (Coreopsis, Cosmos, Poppy). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Backyard Wildflowers (Coreopsis, Cosmos, Poppy). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)






Daily Power Use (51.8 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (72.14 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I did laundry, two loads of dishes and the Geothermal A/C was running. Since it is both the end of the week, and month I’ve also included additional power & solar graphs.

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Thursday (20-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of Spring. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The rain continues… It stopped for a bit a little after noon. Went on a walkabout with my Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens. Lots of Poppies and Cosmos flowers. Also some Forget-Me-Not, Bee Balm, Blue Flax, Marigold, Zinnia, and Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus flowers.

Troll looking at a Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Dizzy Troll looking at a Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)



Wildflower Meadow. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wildflower Meadow. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wildflower Meadow. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wildflower Meadow. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 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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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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Thursday (20-June-2017) — New Jersey

Last Day of Spring. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It seems that “Nibbles” the Bunny Rabbit is moving in near my Kitchen Wildflower Garden. I’m letting him or her stay for the time being. So far it is not eating the Poppies.

Bunny Rabbit Portrait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Bunny Rabbit Portrait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)




Bunny Rabbit Behind the Electric Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Bunny Rabbit Behind the Electric Fence. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS 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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Wednesday (19-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

While reviewing images on the security cameras, I noticed two rabbits walking by the house early in the morning. I had seen a rabbit earlier in the year way back in the yard. With all of the rain we have been having the backyard grass is getting tall, and has lots of clover. Later in the afternoon, one of the rabbits was back nibbling on plants growing just outside the fenced in wildflower meadow. Now if I could just train it to eat the mile-a-minute vine (in the foreground)…

Wet Rabbit nibbling on plants. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Wet Rabbit nibbling on plants. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (44.7 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (13.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is down since I powered down the backup server (will only run it when  running backups). I am also not generating much solar energy with all of the rain.

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