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.

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.

Friday (04-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Walkabout with a new Sigma 70 mm f/2.8 macro lens on the Leica SL2 camera. Flowers in the soft-pots on the patio. Zinnia, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Forget-me-not, Sunflower. Hand-held, but somewhat windy out. Narrow depth of field, so not all are completely in focus. Something I need to work on. This camera does have a higher resolution mode (but not a focus stacking mode). The higher resolution mode requires the camera be stabilized on a tripod. The same is true for the focus stacking mode on the Fuji X-H1 or Nikon D850.


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

Tropical Storm Isaias aftermath. Current status of the downed Oak trees after one month.


Tropical Storm Isaias Aftermath. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (56.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (57.4 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. More sun. A surplus of 0.9 kWh.

Wednesday (26-August-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The Montgomery Township work crew finally came back to pick up the remaining logs and brush from the two downed Oak trees at the top of my driveway. They pushed the remains from the tree on the west side back upright into the whole created by the root ball. They also cut the remains of the tree on the east side that was laying over the wall into the street. There is some damage to the rock wall. The panorama image shows the current status of the front driveway (note the tree crews in the image are not the Township, but another crew working on the damage across the street). While the township crews were working I mowed the lawn (time-lapse video). Later in the afternoon, I took some images of the Coreopsis and Zinnia flowers in the soft pots on my patio garden.

Isaias Aftermath -- Cleanup. Composite of 32 images taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Isaias Aftermath — Cleanup. Composite of 32 images taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Wildflowers in Soft Pots on the Patio. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Wildflowers in Soft Pots on the Patio. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (51.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (61.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun, clouds, and not as hot outside. A surplus of 10.0 kWh.

Sunday (24-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day — Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, Northern Flicker, and Eastern Phoebe. I haven’t seen a Northern Flicker for a while. There continues to be lots of action at the Eastern Phoebe nest with both parents feed the new hatchlings.


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

Spring flowers of the day — Poppies (California, Oriental, Red), Dame’s Rocket, Five-spot, Rhododendron, Johnny Jump Up, Babies Blue Eyes, Bachelor Button, Cornflower, Sweet William, Dianthus, Siberian Wallflower, Daisy, Foxglove, Babies Breath, Grass Lily, Forget-me-not, and Tulip Tree.


Flowers of the Day — Portrait via Leica TL2 camera and 55-135 mm lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Flowers of the Day — Landscape via Leica TL2 camera and 55-135 mm lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my https://www.davidmathre.com/gallery/20200524-flwr1L/G0000BZxOESU684g/C0000_OAlOXNRF70.


Flowers of the Day — Portrait via Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 OIS mm lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Flowers of the Day — Landscape via Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 OIS mm lens Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.3 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (70.6 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny much of the day. A surplus of 23.3 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (339 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (448 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A surplus of 109 kWh.


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