Friday (18-March-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard: Dark-eyed Junco. The birds seem to be avoiding the patio and birdfeeder.


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

The first indoor hydroponic Pink Poppy flower bloomed this morning. This was only 60 days since I planted the seeds (Red Poppy from American Meadows). The last time I tried this it took 125 days for the Red Poppy flowers to bloom. I was able to capture the opening (and a selfie) for a time-lapse video using a Laowa 24 mm f/14 macro probe lens. At a couple of points you can see a spider wandering around on the flower.


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

The California Poppies (Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink-White) continue to bloom in Farm-01L and Farm-08L.


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

Backyard Daffodil and Purple Crocus flowers.


Daffodil and Purple Crocus flowers in my Backyard. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (69.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (59.0 kWh) from Sense. Sunny. Deficit of 10.8 kWh. I should note that the Solar monitoring from SolSystem via Locus Energy stopped working since the Locus LG-120 meter uses 3G cellular to connect. ATT has turned off 3G cellular.

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Friday (11-March-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Dark-eyed Junco.

Dark-eyed Junco. (David J Mathre)
Dark-eyed Junco. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Indoor hydroponic California Poppy flower opening. Time-lapse Video. Images taken every one minute using a Leica SL2s camera and Laowa 24 mm f/14 macro probe lens.

Time-lapse video of yardwork on Red Rover. I needed to prepare for a storm predicted for tomorrow. Rain, snow, heavy wind, and temperatures dropping well below zero. The bulbs in Soft Pots that started to sprout needed to be brought back into the garage. Also, the Garden Shed that I had been storing the tractor implements blew over during the last windstorm. I was able to set it back up, but two of the ground anchors failed. For this upcoming storm, I decided to anchor the shed from within using a pallet of fertilizer.

Daily Electric Energy Used (81.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (58.5 kWh) from Sense. Sunny. Deficit of 23.8 kWh. I should note that the Solar monitoring from SolSystem via Locus Energy stopped working since the Locus LG-120 meter uses 3G cellular to connect. ATT has turned off 3G cellular.


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Sunday (06-March-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: No birds today?

Time-lapse video of Yellow and Red California Poppy flowers opening. At least three more flowers are about to bloom.

After raining in the morning, I spent the afternoon on Red Rover spreading more of the wood chips.

Daily Electric Energy Used (72.9 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (20.2 kWh) from Sense. Sun and clouds. Deficit of 52.7 kWh. I should note that the Solar monitoring from SolSystem via Locus Energy stopped working since the Locus LG-120 meter uses 3G cellular to connect. ATT has turned off 3G cellular.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (614 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (321 kWh) from Sense. Deficit of 293 kWh.

Friday (04-March-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Dark-eyed Junco.


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

I spent much of the day working on the yard. A lot to do to get ready for spring. The ground is wet. For the time-lapse video, I’m moving and spreading wood chips using Red Rover.

Daily Electric Energy Used (104.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (58.3 kWh) from Sense. Sunny, but colder. Deficit of 46.0 kWh. I should note that the Solar monitoring from SolSystem via Locus Energy stopped working since the Locus LG-120 meter uses 3G cellular to connect. ATT has turned off 3G cellular.

Sunday (13-February-2022) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day viewed in the backyard, at the birdfeeder and on the patio: Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal. When it snows, the birds come back. First Brown-headed Cowbirds this year.


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


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

Walkabout in the Snow. By mid-morning we had ~3 inches of snow. Images of a statue laying on a bench, the troll on top of the mailbox, and helping a neighbor with his annual (first time in a couple of years) Maple syrup boil down.


Walkabout in the Snow. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Walkabout in the Snow. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (92.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (0.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Solar Panels covered with snow. Deficit of 92.5 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (588 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (211 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Deficit of 377 kWh.