Thursday (11-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Walkabout around the house to view the flowers and wildflower gardens. A Monarch butterfly, Bumblebees, and a Firefly in a Poppy Flower. Kermit the bullfrog in the pond and hiding in the grass, and an immature American Goldfinch eating the Bachelor Button (Cornflowers). The bird is blind in one eye. Then a variety of flowers.

Troll in the Garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Troll in the Garden. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Power Use (48.4 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (35.0 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds today, especially in the afternoon so I used more power than was generated.

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Saturday (06-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Kermit the Frog. Today’s images were taken during my walkabouts with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens. Flower and wildflower images will be in a different post. The first Tiger Swallowtail butterfly had lost its tails. The Swallowtails are pretty skittish — not staying in one place for very long, making capturing photos a challenge. Latter on I came upon what I think is a Variegated Fritillary Butterfly (Euptoieta claudia). It was more cooperative staying still for a bit. I am seeing several different types of bees — honey bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, tiny green bees on the different flowers currently in bloom. The interesting one today was a large black bee, about the size of a Bumble Bee but without any hair like a Bumble Bee. This bee had been working Coreopsis (Tickseed) flowers with yellow pollen since its bottom was bright yellow. Back at the pond, it appears that Kermit caught a dragonfly.

Male Cardinal at the Birdfeeder. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Male Cardinal at the Birdfeeder. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Power Use (58.9 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (50.17 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. It was cloudy out much of the day, so I generated less power than the geothermal HVAC system needed to keep the house cool.

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Thursday (20-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of Spring. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The rain continues… The sun did come out for a bit in the afternoon. Went on a walkabout with my Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm telephoto lens. Frogs and Dragonflies near the pond. The Yucca and Prickly Pear cactus are blooming, as well as other Cosmos and Baby Blue Eye wildflowers.

Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)





Daily Power Use (50.7 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (38.36 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I did laundry and the Geothermal A/C was running.

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Saturday (15-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Kermit and his Bullfrog brothers and sisters have been making lots of noise in the back pond. I am finally able to get close enough to get some images. Earlier in the year they have been very skittish — jumping into the pond with the slightest bit of motion. The pond is also full of many tadpoles, so there should be many more frogs through the summer. I have not seed the turtle yet this year.

Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)



Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly at the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)


Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Bullfrog in the Backyard Pond. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (David J Mathre)

Daily Power Use (63.2 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (80.32 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I reduced the indoor temperature provided by the WaterFurnace Geothermal HVAC system.

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Four-Years Ago (25-July-2012) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning walkabout at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Butterflies, Bull Frog, and Dragon Fly.

Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + 2.0 TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 200, 210 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + 2.0 TC-E III teleconverter (ISO 200, 210 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Frog in the pond. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Kermit the Frog in the pond. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly. Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)