Monday (29-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and Turkey Vulture.


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

Flowers of the Day: Purple Allium, Red Poppy, Blanket Flower, Teasel, Four O’Clock, Garlic Scapes, Delphinium, Larkspur, Garlic Scapes, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflower, Pink Poppy, and Foxglove.


Summer Flowers of the Day (portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Summer Flowers of the Day (landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Critters of the Day: Squirrel, Spots the Fawn, Rabbits, and Red Fox. This was the first time since last winter that I have seen Rabbits in the backyard. Within five minutes, the Red Fox showed up and the Rabbits disappeared.


Critters (mammals) of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (66.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (83.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of Sun. A surplus of 17.9 kWh.


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Friday (06-December-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Night Time Nature in New Jersey.

Bunny Rabbit on the patio (infrared video).

Daily Electric Energy Used (80.9 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (17.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 63.5 kWh.

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Saturday (30-November-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Nature at Night.

Cat, mouse, and rabbit on my patio — all caught on an infrared video camera.

Daily Electric Energy Used (83.0 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (27.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy.  The day started sunny, then the clouds came in. Overall a net deficit of 55.1 kWh.

Monthly Electric Energy Used (2144 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (734 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 1410 kWh. Although this means I will need to pay a power bill to PSE&G this month, I am getting SREC credits that will cover the expense.

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Monday (11-November-2019) — New Jersey

Outdoor Nighttime Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Nocturnal Rabbit.

Daily Electric Energy Used (67.4 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (29.1 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More sun, not as cold. Overall a net deficit of 38.3 kWh. I’ve run out of credits for the excess electric energy produced this summer, so will be paying an electric bill this month.

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Eleven-Years Ago (30-August-2008) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Harvey, my outdoor rabbit posing for some portraits. Images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens. It was getting late and the amount of light was going down, so I was pushing the ISO higher. Images reprocessed with the new standalone Topaz Denoise AI program to remove the background noise. In the past I mainly used the NIK Define filter to reduce the noise level in high ISO images. For troublesome noisey images (especially jpg images) I would use a previous version of the Topaz Denoise filter.

Harvey the Rabbit. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Harvey the Rabbit. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Harvey the Rabbit. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 2800, 280 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Harvey the Rabbit. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 2800, 280 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)