Thursday (21-May-2020) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day — Blue Jay, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, and Eastern Phoebe. Lots of action at the Eastern Phoebe nest and both parents feed the new hatchlings. It will be interesting to see if they are all Eastern Phoebes or if the Brown-headed Cowbird left any of its eggs in the nest.


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

Spring flowers of the day include Rhododendron, Red Oriental Poppy, Five-spot, Allium, and Foxglove.


Spring Flowers of the Day — Portrait mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Spring Flowers of the Day — Landscape mode. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

I spent the afternoon on the patio assembling the new Grow Towers and transplanting the indoor hydroponic strawberry plants to the outdoor Grow Towers. The activity was recorded by a Garmin VIRB-360 camera and used to create a time-lapse Little Planet video.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.3 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (85.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun in the morning with some clouds in the afternoon. A surplus of 35.6 kWh.



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Thursday (02-January-2020) — North Carolina to New Jersey

Gone to See Florida — 2019/2020 Road Trip.

Second day of the trip back home. A Garmin VIRB-360 camera was set up to record the trip as a time-lapse video — presented as a Little Planet drive. A little over 9 hours travel time, 576 miles, and 32 mpg (diesel). For whatever reason, the Garmin didn’t record location info for the entire trip, I used the information recorded by my White Rhino.

Daily Electric Energy Used (58.7 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (28.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A deficit of 30.4 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. The geothermal HVAC and hybrid heat-pump hot water heater used more energy to bring the house out of vacation mode.

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Tuesday (31-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

More composite images of the Granada Terrace park in St. Petersburg. In the last year the city has cleaned and repaired the structures. Apparently, the park has been used for weddings and other photo shoots. I’ve included composite 360 degree panorama, fisheye, little planet, tunnel view, and mirror ball views. The composite images were created using AutoPano Giga Pro software from a series of 39 images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 16 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec).


Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.


Daily Electric Energy Used (36.4 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (13.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A deficit of 22.9 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Monday (30-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

Some 360 degree composite images of an urban garden and the Granada Terrace park in St. Petersburg. I’ve included composite 360 degree panorama, fisheye, little planet, tunnel view, and mirror ball views. The views were created using AutoPano Giga Pro software from a series of 21 images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens (ISO 160, 8 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec).


Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.



Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.



Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.


Daily Electric Energy Used (29.9 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (1.7 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A very cloudy day in New Jersey. A deficit of 28.2 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Sunday (08-December-2019) — New Jersey

Autumn Yard Work

One final pass to vacuum up the fall leaves before some heavy rain. Little Planet 360 degree time-lapse video.

Daily Electric Energy Used (90.1 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (32.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 58.0 kWh.

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