Monday (04-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Afternoon Birds: House Finch, Brown-headed Cowbird, Gray Catbird, and Chipping Sparrow. Afternoon Early May Flowers: Daffodil, Johnny-Jump-Up, Blue Forget me Not, Plum Tree, Dogwood Tree, Siberian Wallflower, Five-Spots, Prunella Vulgaris (also known as Self-Heal, Heal-All, and Woundwort), wild Violet (Viola), Jack in the Pulpit, Lilac (two varieties), California Poppy, Allium, Yellow Tulip, and Italian (red) Clover.


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


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


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

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.3 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (72.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A surplus of 23.3 kWh.


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Sunday (03-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning birds: Blue Jay, Chipping Sparrow, and Turkey Vulture. Afternoon birds: Chipping Sparrow, Mourning Dove, House Finch, and Eastern Phoebe. I believe that it is the Eastern Phoebe that has built a nest above my front door. During my afternoon walkabout I continued to document the early May flowers: Daffodil, Johnny-Jump-Up, Blue Forget me Not, Plum Tree, Siberian Wallflower, Five-Spots, Prunella Vulgaris (also known as Self-Heal, Heal-All, and Woundwort), wild Violet (Viola), Jack in the Pulpit, Lilac (two varieties), California Poppy, Allium bud, Yellow Tulip, and Italian (red) Clover.


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


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


Early May Flowers (pt 1). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early May Flowers (pt 2). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (42.5 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A surplus of 14.6 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (348 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (336 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A small deficit of 12 kWh.


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Saturday (18-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Tulip and Daffodil flowers after the overnight spring rains. First Plum tree flowers this spring.

Orange Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Orange Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Daffodil Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Daffodil Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Orange Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/6400 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Orange Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/6400 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Tulip Flower after the rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Plum tree flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Plum tree flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (60.5 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (18.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds. A deficit of 42.3 kWh.


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Wednesday (15-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Daily walkabout. Lots of Spring flowers: Grape Hyacinth, Daffodil, Dandelion, Violet, Plum Tree, Maple Tree, Pear Tree, and Tulips. The Grape Hyacinth bulbs were planted last spring — supposed to have been planted the previous fall. I thought the deer were nibbling the plants as they started to emerge this spring, but now are in full bloom. The section of Daffodils along the street on the west side of the house is now four years old, and keeps getting better. Only about half of the Tulips from last year on the patio remain. Deer nibbled on the accessible plants as they emerged.

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Row of Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/850 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Daffodills in bloom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Dandelion and wild Violet flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6.4, 1/680 sec). (David J Mathre)


Tree Flowers. Images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Tulips. Images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed in my PhotoShelter Gallery. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (53.8 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (74.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun (some clouds). A surplus of 20.5 kWh.



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Wednesday (08-April-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It rained early in the morning with lots of thunder and lightning during the storm. When I went for my morning walkabout some of the flowers still had water droplets. The four-year old daffodil flower bed along the road on the west side of the house is doing well. I tried planting native daylilies in the same bed and they were eaten by the deer. The Piers Japonica shrub started blooming. It was here when I moved in, and the deer have not touched it. The Grape Hyacinth bulbs planted last year along the east side walkway started blooming. The deer were nibbling on the plants before they flowered. Now the deer are ignoring them. Maybe it is the hyacinth perfume? I also saw a number of tiny wild Violet flowers blooming in the backyard lawn. These may be too low to the ground for the deer to nibble.

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Daffodil flower with water droplets. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/16, 1/180 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Red Tulip flower with water droplets. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Daffodil flower with water droplets. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 640, 80 mm, f/16, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Daffodil flower with water droplets. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/8, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Daffodil Garden (4 years old). Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1250, 80 mm, f/16, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
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White Piers Japonica flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/900 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Japanese (Red) Maple Tree Flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 320, 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 400, 80 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Purple Grape Hyacinth flowers. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 400, 80 mm, f/16, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Wild Violet flower in the lawn. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1000, 80 mm, f/4, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (56.1 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (59.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny with intermittent clouds. A surplus of 3.5 kWh.

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