Wednesday (10-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Walkabout around the house to view the flowers and wildflower gardens. New Poppy flowers are still showing up. More and more sunflowers are appearing. A new small butterfly showed up in one of the rear wildflower meadows. It appears to be a Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Butterfly. I am also starting to see more grasshoppers munching on my flowers.


Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pink Poppy Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0 TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Grasshopper Feeding on a Yellow Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0III TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Grasshopper Feeding on a Yellow Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0III TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Grasshopper Feeding on a Yellow Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0III TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)
Grasshopper Feeding on a Yellow Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + 2.0III TC-E (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (62.0 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (76.7 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun today, so the solar panels generated more power that I used. Usage was up ~ 4 kWh since I did a load of laundry.

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Sunday (30-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of June. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It hasn’t rained for several days, and is quite warm out. The wildflower meadows are filling in nicely with lots of new flowers. A band of American Goldfinch moved in and started eating the Cornflowers (Bachelor Buttons). Several Sunflowers have opened up. I now have one sunflower plant that is nearly up to my roof.

Backyard Wildflowers (Coreopsis, Cosmos, Poppy). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Backyard Wildflowers (Coreopsis, Cosmos, Poppy). Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)






Daily Power Use (51.8 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (72.14 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I did laundry, two loads of dishes and the Geothermal A/C was running. Since it is both the end of the week, and month I’ve also included additional power & solar graphs.

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Tuesday (18-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It rained a lot today (1.71 in/43 mm). More wet Red Poppy pictures. This time some with real bees.

Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (54.5 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (23.13 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is down since I adjusted the thermostat to 72°F.

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Monday (17-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I continue to get new poppies blooming every day. The most are red, some are pink, and one was white. The flowers attract tiny hoverflies.

White Poppy. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
White Poppy. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


White and Pink Poppy. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
White and Pink Poppy. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (54.0 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (38.75 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is down since I adjusted the thermostat to 72°F.

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Sunday (16-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It appears that hover flies really like all of the poppies currently in bloom. In a small white poppy (Icelandic Poppy?) observed a tiny Praying Mantis eating a tiny Hover Fly. Even though I didn’t have a macro lens on the camera, I was able to crop the image to make the tiny insects visible. I have never seen a Praying Mantis this early in the season. Normally, I only see them when they are much larger in late July and August.

Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Small White Poppy with Hover Flies and a Praying Mantis. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (74.2 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (42.05 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I reduced the indoor temperature provided by the WaterFurnace Geothermal HVAC system. Will raise the indoor temperature to 72°F for tomorrow. The power was also out for a little over one hour in the morning. For safety/code reasons, if the PSE&G power is down, my solar panels are disconnected from the grid. I’m thinking of getting a couple of Tesla PowerWall batteries so this doesn’t happen in the future.

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