Saturday (02-November-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Hydroponic Garden

The first of the wildflower seeds that I planted in a AeroGarden hydroponic Farm that started to bloom. It is a “Lilliput Zinnia” from American Meadows. I started this set of seeds 39 days ago. The flower is still only partially open and is taking more than one day to open. It looks like there will be at least two more layer of petals. This is a focus-stacked composite of 66 images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. When the next flower starts to bloom, I want to try to do a time-lapse video.

First indoor hydorponic Zinnia flower starting to bloom. Composite of 66 focus stacked images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)
First indoor hydroponic Zinnia flower starting to bloom. Composite of 66 focus stacked images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (80.1 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (33.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The sun was out, but much colder outside. Overall a net deficit of 46.8 kWh. Geothermal HVAC was on to heat the house (9.9 kWh). Monthly server backups also adding to the always on usage.

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Seven-Years Ago (13-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 7: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

While doing a walkabout in an art district of Santa Fe, I came across Rocinante — Don Quixote’s horse.

Metallic Horse Sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Metallic Horse Sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (01-October-2019) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens. There must have been a hundred Monarch butterflies feeding in my wildflower meadows today. The Monarch butterflies were feeding on Cosmos, Zinnia, Mexican Sunflower, and Marigold flowers. At least one Monarch butterfly was caught, probably by a Praying Mantis. All that was left were the wings on the ground. The Painted Lady butterflies liked the Marigold and Lemon Mint flowers.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (54.3 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (41.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun in the afternoon and warmer out. The Geothermal HVAC used 6.1 kWh for cooling. The new hydroponic gardens used 8.7 kWh. Overall a net deficit of 12.7 kWh.

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Eleven-Years Ago (28-September-2008) — Utah

Gone to See American 2008 Road Trip. Driving from Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument to Bryce National Park.

Double Rainbow in Utah. While driving between Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and Bryce National Park on Utah Highway 12 I saw a rainbow in my rear view mirror. I quickly pulled over just outside of Cannonville Utah and started taking some images. I was lucky that there was a dark background in the sky so I could begin to see the double rainbow. Before the rainbow was gone, many other cars pulled over to admire the view.

Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw image reprocessed in 2019 with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Double Rainbow in Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 17 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw image reprocessed in 2019 with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)

Thirteen-Years Ago (16-September-2006) — Utah

Gone to See America 2006 Driving Tour. Day 18: Newspaper Rock National Historic Site.

While on the way to Arches National Park I stopped at Newspaper Rock National Historic Site. Over the years there has been some graffiti added, but the original Petroglyphs are still amazing. Images taken with a Nikon D200 camera and 18-70 mm kit lens.  The original jpg images have been reprocessed with Topaz JPG to Raw and Capture One Pro.

Newspaper Rock. National Historical Site. Image taken with a Nikon D200 camera and 18-70 mm kit lens. (David J Mathre)
Newspaper Rock. National Historical Site. Composite of five images taken with a Nikon D200 camera and 18-70 mm kit lens. (David J Mathre)


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