Tuesday (22-March-2022) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard: Turkey Vulture, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco.


Birds of the day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The identity of the Bald Eagle with the Green D99 band I observed in my backyard on 27-February-2022 and 28-February-2022 was confirmed, and I received a Certificate of Appreciation from the USGS.

The indoor hydroponic garden California Poppies continue to bloom. Looks like many more to come.


California Poppy Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The Pink Poppy flower lost all of its petals, leaving the poppy seed pod. Early in the evening I noticed a Stink Bug feeding on the seed pod. I tried to catch it, but it got away. Two hours later, the Stink Bug was back feeding on the seed pod. This time I was able to remove the Stink Bug (with prejudice).

Poppy Seed Pod. (David J Mathre)
Pink Poppy Seed Pod. Indoor hydroponic garden. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and Sigma 70 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Stink Bug on a Poppy Seed Pod. (David J Mathre)
Stink Bug feeding on a Poppy seed pod. Image taken with a Leica SL2s camera and 24 mm f/14 macro probe lens. (David J Mathre)
Stink Bug on a Poppy Seed Pod. (David J Mathre)
Second visit of the Stink Bug feeding on a Poppy seed pod. Image taken with a Leica SL2s camera and 24 mm f/14 macro probe lens. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (67.9 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (63.4 kWh) from Sense. Sunny. Deficit of 4.54 kWh. The solar panels re almost producing more power than I am using. Soon, I will be able to start growing things outside and will be able to turn off the indoor hydroponic units.

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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