Friday (02-October-2020) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Cosmos and Marigold flowers growing in Soft Pots on the patio. The sun came out after two days of rain. The white Morning Glory flower is on a vine that has become invasive. The hot Chinese Peppers growing on a Grow Tower are beginning ripen and turn red.


Autumn Wildflowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Autumn Flowers and Hot Peppers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (35.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (33.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. The sun came back in the afternoon. A deficit of 2.1 kWh.

Sunday (27-September-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Although the flowers are gone from the wildflower meadows, I do still have Marigold, Zinnia, Cosmos, and Coreopsis flowers appearing in the soft pots on the patio.


Autumn Flowers (Portrait Mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Autumn Flowers (Landscape Mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (50.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (27.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy all day. Geothermal HVAC system off. Lots of cooking, laundry, and dishwashing. A deficit of 23.0 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (275 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (266 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A deficit of 9 kWh.

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 (29-August-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

I received the newly released Sigma 100-400 mm telephoto zoom lens with a L-mount and spent the day testing it with a Leica SL2 camera. Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma formed an alliance to use the L-mount system. This lens provides a bit more reach than the Leica 90-280 mm lens. The alliance means that Sigma was able to make a lens that is fully compatible with the Leica TL2, CL, and SL2 cameras (autofocus and aperture control).

Something has been nibbling on the May Apple seeds, and wonder if a turtle found them. The wildflowers (Cosmos, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Chicory, Marigold, Blanket Flower, Sunflower, Gloriosa Daisy, Shasta Daisy, Thistle, Lemon-mint, and Zinnia) are almost done for the season. I noticed an Eastern Chipmunk eating seeds under the birdfeeder. In 25+ years here, I’ve never seen a chipmunk in the yard before. I wonder if it will leave my Grow Towers alone. Kermit the bullfrog was out in the pond. Birds at the patio bird feeder today included Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal. At one point a Blue Jay and Mourning Dove were feeding when an immature Red-bellied Woodpecker chased them away.

May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
May Apple Seeds. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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


Eastern Chipmunk. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Kermit the Bulfrog. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit the Bulfrog. Image taken with a Leica SL2 camera and Sigma 100-400 mm lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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


Blue Jay and Mourning Dove chased away by an immature Red-bellied Woodpecker. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (47.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (26.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. More clouds. A deficit of 21.7 kWh.

Sunday (15-December-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Ripe indoor hydroponic strawberry and broccoli head nearly ready to harvest. Indoor hydroponic Snapdragon, Marigold, California Poppy, and Zinnia flowers.

Indoor Hydroponic Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Indoor Hydroponic Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Indoor Hydroponic Broccoli. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Indoor Hydroponic Broccoli. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Electric Energy Used (73.2 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (20.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 52.8 kWh.


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