Wednesday (01-July-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, and Brown-headed Cowbird.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Flowers of the Day: Day Lily, Poppies (Red, Pink, Icelandic), Cornflower, Larkspur, Foxglove, Plains Coreopsis, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, and Sunflower. The Day Lily is from across the street. The deer ate all of my Day Lilies.


Summertime Flowers of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Doe with two Fawns — both named Spots.


Doe and two Fawns with Spots. Moma still glares at me while taking pictures of her children. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (56.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Mixed clouds and some sun. A surplus of 5.3 kWh.


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Tuesday (30-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown-headed Cowbird


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Lots of flowers, almost too many to keep up with, and a couple I need to identify. Flowers of the Day: Poppies (Red, Pink, Oriental, Icelandic), Bachelor Button, Cornflower, Spiderwort, Larkspur, Chicory, Cosmos, Red Coreopsis, Delphinium, Sweet William, Thistle, Monarda citriodora, Lemon Mint Lemon Beebalm, Lemon Horsemint, Purple Horsemint, Lemon Bergamot, Foxglove, Black-eyed Susan, Plains Coreopsis, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Sunflower, Common Mullein, Yellow Prickly Pear, Yucca, Teasel, and May Apple. Supposedly, Turtles eat the seeds from May Apples since they are low to the ground. New May Apple plants then crop up where the turtle excret the seeds. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any turtles this year.


Poppies (portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Poppies (landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Blue & Purple). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Red or Pink). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (Yellow). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Wildflowers (White) plus May Apples. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Frogs, Squirrel, and Deer. The pond is drying out so the frogs are having to live closer together.


Kermit and his close relatives (also named Kermit). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Doe with horseflies. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel in the air. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Squirrel in the air. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies and two fawns. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Doe with horseflies and two fawns. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 90-280 mm lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Mixed clouds and some sun. A surplus of 11.2 kWh.

Monthly Electric Energy Used (1491 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (2080 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A surplus of 589 kWh.


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Monday (29-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Turkey Vulture.


Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Flowers of the Day: Purple Allium, Red Poppy, Blanket Flower, Teasel, Four O’Clock, Garlic Scapes, Delphinium, Larkspur, Garlic Scapes, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflower, Pink Poppy, and Foxglove.


Summer Flowers of the Day (portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Flowers of the Day (landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Squirrel, Spots the Fawn, Rabbits, and Red Fox. This was the first time since last winter that I have seen Rabbits in the backyard. Within five minutes, the Red Fox showed up and the Rabbits disappeared.


Critters (mammals) of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (66.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (83.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of Sun. A surplus of 17.9 kWh.


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Sunday (28-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms passed north and south of here. Image of the first quarter moon with the storm clouds to the south a little before sunset.

First Quarter Moon over Summer Thunderclouds at Dusk. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 100, 44 mm, f/4.5, 1/640 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
First Quarter Moon over Summer Thunderclouds at Dusk. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 100, 44 mm, f/4.5, 1/640 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
First Quarter Moon over Summer Thunderclouds at Dusk. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 100, 44 mm, f/4.5, 1/640 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
First Quarter Moon over Summer Thunderclouds at Dusk. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 100, 44 mm, f/4.5, 1/640 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, and Red-bellied Woodpecker. I didn’t know that the woodpeckers like fruit. When this woodpecker visited all of the other birds, including the Blue Jays left it have the birdfeeder to itself.


Early Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (57.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (74.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun with some clouds. A surplus of 17.3 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (399 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (490 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A surplus of 91 kWh.


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Thursday (25-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: American Crow and Blue Jay.

American Crows in a tree. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
American Crows in a tree. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Blue Jay. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Blue Jay. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Early Summer Wildflowers: Yellow Prickly Pear, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Onion Grass, Teasel, Pink Poppy, Red Poppy, Bachelor Button, Larkspur, Delphinium, and Forget-me-not.


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

Leica recently updated the firmware for the SL2 camera. One of the new features is the ability to take a 187 megapixel (16736 x 11168) image using the sensor shifting capability. After taking the first image, the sensor is shifted in 1/2 pixel increments to take 8 additional images, then combine the date in camera. The native resolution of the sensor is 47 megapixels (8368 x 5584). To use this feature, the camera must be mounted on a stable platform (tripod), uses the electronic shutter, and turns off both lens and in-camera motion reduction. My first test of this feature is with the Prickly Pear Cactus flower image (full image and cropped 4507 x 3605 image).

Yellow Prickly Pear flowers. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 400, 60 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Yellow Prickly Pear flowers. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 400, 60 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Yellow Prickly Pear flowers. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 400, 60 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Yellow Prickly Pear flowers. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 24-90 mm lens (ISO 400, 60 mm, f/16, 1/10 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (56.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (65.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and intermittent clouds. A surplus of 9.7 kWh. The solar panels continue to produce more energy than required to keep the house cool with the energy efficient Geothermal HVAC system.


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