Wednesday (11-November-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Testosterone charged Buck in the yard.

Daily Electric Energy Used (37.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (4.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Rained all day. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 33.7 kWh.

Tuesday (10-November-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Early morning visitor (neighborhood cat) under the birdfeeder.

Neighborhood Cat. (David J Mathre)
Neighborhood Cat under the birdfeeder. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Visitors to the birdfeeder after the cat departed included Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, and White-breasted Nuthatch.


Backyard Birdfeeder. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Later in the afternoon, an 8-point Buck high on testosterone showed up. All of the Doe’s disappeared.

Buck. (David J Mathre)
Eight Point Buck. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (David J Mathre)
Eight Point Buck. (David J Mathre)
Buck with 8-point rack. Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (28.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sunny day. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 17.2 kWh.

Tuesday (29-October-2019) — New Jersey

Autumn Outdoor Nature in New Jersey

Now that hunting season has started, the deer spend more time close to the house. They know that they can’t be shot within 400 feet of an occupied house.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (69 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (11.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cloudy and rainy all day. Biggest usage Hydroponics (22.4 kWh), servers and computers (18.9 kWh), kitchen (6.4 kWh). Overall a net deficit of 57.6 kWh. Some of the excess usage in the kitchen was the oven being used to re-season a cast iron stir-fry pan.

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Tuesday (10-September-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The deer are getting bolder and getting closer to the house. Here a doe is just outside my patio. The buck with a rack of antlers is next to the back wildflower meadow. I am guessing he got his antlers caught in the electric fence and panicked destroying a section of the electric fence. These images were all taken through a window impacting sharpness.


Daily Electric Energy Used (40.5 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (38.7 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cloudy much of the day. Starting to warm up outside. Overall a net deficit of 1.8 kWh.


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Eight-Years Ago (07-August-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature New Jersey.

Young Buck sticking its Tongue out. Note it has “mile-a-minute”  vine stuck to its side. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR II lens (ISO 280, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5.

How and when the mile-a-minute vine (invasive weeds) were transported into my yard. Within a few years the vines took over much of my backyard – killing many trees. The vines are more aggressive than the wild grape vines and poison ivy vines. It has taken significant effort to reclaim the yard.

Young Buck. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR II lens (ISO 280, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Young Buck. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR II lens (ISO 280, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)


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