Friday (02-October-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Cosmos and Marigold flowers growing in Soft Pots on the patio. The sun came out after two days of rain. The white Morning Glory flower is on a vine that has become invasive. The hot Chinese Peppers growing on a Grow Tower are beginning ripen and turn red.


Autumn Wildflowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Autumn Flowers and Hot Peppers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (35.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (33.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. The sun came back in the afternoon. A deficit of 2.1 kWh.

Sunday (27-September-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Although the flowers are gone from the wildflower meadows, I do still have Marigold, Zinnia, Cosmos, and Coreopsis flowers appearing in the soft pots on the patio.


Autumn Flowers (Portrait Mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Autumn Flowers (Landscape Mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (27.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy all day. Geothermal HVAC system off. Lots of cooking, laundry, and dishwashing. A deficit of 23.0 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (275 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (266 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A deficit of 9 kWh.

Saturday (12-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Afternoon walkabout looking for flowers. Marigold, Sunflower, Zinnia, and Cosmos. All growing in Soft Pots on my patio. Images taken with a Leica SL2 camera and 90-280 mm lens.


Flowers – Portrait mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Flowers – Landscape mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (40.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. A surplus of 11.1 kWh.

Monday (07-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the day: Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal.


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

Neighborhood cat sitting under the birdfeeder. The reason not many birds visited the birdfeeder today.


Neighborhood Cat Posing for a Portrait. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Morning walkabout looking for flowers. White Morning Glory, Sunflower, Cosmos, Evening Primrose, Four O’clock. In the first Morning Glory image you can see the blue “Mile-a-minute” berries/seeds.


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

Later in the morning I went out to spray the invasive “Mile-a-Minute” vine with a biosafe herbicide.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. A surplus of 7.3 kWh.

Saturday (05-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Walkabout with a new Sigma 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens on a Leica CL camera. Hand-held, the combo is a bit awkward with the camera being smaller than the lens. On the smaller sensor (APS-C), the field of view is equivalent to 150-600 mm. The invasive “Mile-a-minute” vine is taking over. Flowers in the soft-pots on the patio. Zinnia, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Zinnia, Sunflower.

Invasive "Mile-a-minute" vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Invasive "Mile-a-minute" vine. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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

Need to catch up on mowing the lawn. Finally a clear day when the grass was dry.

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (61.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. More sun. A surplus of 18.9 kWh.