Thursday (03-June-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Lot of images today. Birds, Frogs, Snakes, and Flowers. The Brood X Cicadas are everywhere and continue singing their love song.

Birds viewed in the backyard: American Robin. The American Robin was feeding on a Cicada.


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

Kermit the Bullfrog and all of his relatives in the pond are getting fat fast this spring. Presumably out feeding on the Cicadas.


Bullfrogs in the pond. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Bullfrogs in the pond. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The Brood X Cicada is not feeding, just resting on the flower.

Cicada. (David J Mathre)
Cicada (brood X). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Spring flowers blooming: Love-in-a-Mist, Red Poppy, California Poppy.


Love-in-a-Mist. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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


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


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

Patio Garden: Grow Towers and Soft Pots. Seedlings from the indoor AeroGarden Farms transplanted a month ago. Strawberries planted last year, remained outside over the winter. Some of the strawberry plants survived being nibbled on by deer.

Grow Tower 1: Radish, Strawberry, Arugula, Spinach, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard.
Grow Tower 2: Radish, Strawberry, Kale, Dill, Anise, Cauliflower, Kale, Mustard.
Grow Tower 3: Dill, Basil (Sweet, Lime, Lemon, Dark, Culinary, Cinnamon).
Grow Tower 4: Garlic, Strawberry, Basil (Genoa, Holy).
Grow Tower 5: Scallion, Oregano, Basil (Sweet, Thai), Coriander (various).
Grow Tower 6: Garlic, Thyme, Epazote, Parsley (various), Hot Peppers.
Grow Tower 7: Garlic, Sage, Oregano, Mugwort.
Grow Tower 8: Chives, Lemon Grass, Tarragon, Parsley (various), Dwarf Cosmos.
Grow Tower 9: Carrots, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Dwarf Zinnia.
Grow Tower 10: Poppies (Iceland, Red, California, Oriental).


Grow Towers 1-10. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Outer Rim Soft Pots 1-4: Cucumber.
Outer Rim Soft Pots 5-8: Summer Squash.
Outer Rim Soft Pots 9-11: Peas.
Outer Rim Soft Pots 12-17: Zucchini.

Center Soft Pots: Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato, Gray Stripe Sunflower, Red Sun Sunflower, Autumn Sunflower, Double Sun Sunflower.


Soft Pots. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (46.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (32.3 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Rain and clouds. A deficit of 13.7 kWh.

Saturday (29-May-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: Mourning Dove, House Finch. Not many birds visiting during the emergence of the Cicadas.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Spring flowers blooming: Oriental Poppy, Love-in-a-Mist.


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

Grow Towers (1-10) on the Patio.


Grow Towers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Soft Pots on the Patio. Tomatoes and Sunflowers. Also an attempted Milkweed transplant.


Soft Pots. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (42.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy and rain. A deficit of 27.6 kWh.

Thursday (27-May-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It’s been a while. I’m over a month behind on posts. Spring has kept me busy in the yard. Although I have been taking pictures everyday, I end each day tired and sore from the yardwork and haven’t found the energy to review and post the images. Finally, it rained and I had time to rest and start catching up. New spring flowers, Cicadas, strawberries, birds, gardens, grow towers, hydroponic farms, and the yardwork.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: House Finch. Not many birds visiting during the emergence of the Cicadas.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The water level in the back pond is getting low, but still enough to support Kermit the Bull Frog and all of his cousins.

Kermit the Bull Frog. (David J Mathre)
Kermit the bull frog in the back pond. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Spring flowers blooming: White Allium, Daisy, Yellow Star Thistle (invasive weed), Five-Spot, Crimson Clover, Baby Snapdragon (Toadflax), Baby Blue, Love-in-a-mist, Poppies (Oriental, Red, California), and Rhododendron.

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


Love-in-a-mist Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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


Rhododendron Flowers (some with Bumble Bees). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

I harvested the first batch of Strawberries from the Grow Towers. These are from the strawberry plants that the Doe didn’t eat last winter. Fortunately, the Cat Birds haven’t found the Strawberries this year. If/when they do, I will need to put a net up around the Grow Towers.


Fresh spring Strawberries from the Grow Towers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (58.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (84.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny. A surplus of 26.0 kWh.

Friday (09-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Morning visitors to the backyard and patio birdfeeder: Chipping Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird. Squirrels kept busy in the Daffodil planters and birdfeeder.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.2 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. A surplus of 28.5 kWh.

Thursday (01-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Morning visitors to the patio birdfeeder: Turkey Vulture, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, White-throated Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.

Turkey Vulture Yawning. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura). Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The Turkey Vulture was up on the patio, just under the birdfeeder. At one point it tried to eat a rotten apple.


Turkey Vulture, portrait images. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Turkey Vulture, landscape images. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (50.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny in the afternoon. Geothermal HVAC system was off. A surplus of 7.4 kWh.