Friday (01-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Afternoon May Day walkabout looking for flowers. Just had some heavy rain. While in shutdown mode, I haven’t used the front door that much. When I went out today, I noticed a bird nest has been built above the door. The door is splattered with mud. I need to figure what type of bird built the nest. Last year, a House or Carolina Wren built a nest in a hole where the doorbell button used to be mounted. The Plum tree is still in bloom, the Japanese Maple tree has filled out with red leaves. The last Tulip to bloom this spring is yellow. The first outdoor California Poppy flower opened today. Also, one of the Lilac shrubs planted last spring has started to bloom.

Birds nest above the front door. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 1250, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Birds nest above the front door. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 1250, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Plum tree flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Plum tree flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Japanese Maple Tree. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.2, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Japanese Maple Tree. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.2, 1/200 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Yellow Tulip flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Yellow Tulip flower. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
California Poppy flower after the rain. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
California Poppy flower after the rain. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Lilac flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Lilac flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/3.5, 1/400 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.9 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The sun was out after the rain passe. A surplus of 0.2 kWh.


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