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.

Sunday (12-July-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, and House Finch.


Backyard Summer Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Now that it is getting hot, the birds are starting to use the birdbath to cool down. Time-lapse video of a Gray Catbird in the birdbath.

While moving the last of the hot pepper plants outdoors, I discovered a batch of very tiny Stink Bugs that just hatched on the back side of a pepper plant leaf. Now I know what to look for so I don’t have as many infesting the house.


Hatchling Stink Bugs . Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.4 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (82.2 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Much more sun. A surplus of 22.8 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (411 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (356 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of cloudy days and a Tropical Storm during the week. A deficit of 55 kWh.


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Wednesday (06-May-2020) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

This guy runs and hides every time it hears the iRobot vacuum cleaner approach.

Indoor Spider. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens + pop-up flash (ISO 400, 80 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Indoor Spider. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens + pop-up flash (ISO 400, 80 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (49.4 kWh) from meter readings the Sense Home Energy Monitor. The daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (22.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds.A deficit of 27.1 kWh.


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Monday (23-March-2020) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I harvested about two quarts of Strawberries from my indoor AeroGarden hydroponic farm. I then made Strawberry jam using just the strawberries and Wild Girls Honey from my sister using an Instant Pot recipe I found on the internet. Later in the day I found a Stink Bug on a Pepper leaf. I know they say that the Stink Bugs are vegetarian, I still consider them a pest.

Indoor Hydroponic Strawberry Harvest. Image taken with a Leica TL-2 Camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Indoor Hydroponic Strawberry Harvest. Image taken with a Leica TL-2 Camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug on a Pepper leaf. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug on a Pepper leaf. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug on a Pepper leaf. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug on a Pepper leaf. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (67.9 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (6.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of rain and colder outside. A deficit of 61.5 kWh.

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Friday (20-March-2020) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I finally got the PhotoShelter plugin that allows me to upload images from my PhotoShelter Gallery to this photoblog working again. While we are all “sheltering in place” and “social distancing” I can catch up on my images and posts. Ambient Weather changed some things and I am trying to get the local weather conditions from my weather station to display at the end of the post again.

Today’s image is a focus-stacked Orange Gazania flower blooming in one of my AeroGarden indoor hydroponic farms. The flower closes at night and then reopens when the LED lights come on again.

Orange Gazania. Focus-stacked composite of 12 images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and 2.0x teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Orange Gazania. Focus-stacked composite of 12 images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and 2.0x teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.0 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (30.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Foggy and cloudy in the morning. A deficit of 28.6 kWh.

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