Tuesday (24-September-2019) — New Jersey

Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

More seeds of the various wildflowers I have planted in my backyard over the last few years trying to create a wildflower meadow. This fall and winter I am going to try and grow some of these indoors in either hydroponic or regular dirt gardens. One of the goals is to know what the plants look like before they develop flowers so in the future I can better what is a weed vs. something I want growing in the wildflower meadows. I also want to relate which which wildflowers did or did not work in my gardens, especially from the wildflower seed mixtures. More seeds and seed mixtures in yesterday’s post. The grid in the image is 0.1 inch.


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


Daily Electric Energy Used (62.4 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (34.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cooler out so the Geothermal HVAC wasn’t working as hard (5.2 kWh), but more clouds. Last day of running server backups. Overall a net deficit of 27.6 kWh.


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Monday (23-September-2019) — New Jersey

Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Something different. Seeds of the various wildflowers I have planted in my backyard over the last few years trying to create a wildflower meadow. This fall and winter I am going to try and grow some of these indoors in either hydroponic or regular dirt gardens. One of the goals is to know what the plants look like before they develop flowers so in the future I can better what is a weed vs. something I want growing in the wildflower meadows. I also want to relate which which wildflowers did or did not work in my gardens, especially from the wildflower seed mixtures. More seeds and seed mixtures will be in tomorrow’s post.


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


Yesterday Electric Energy Used (61.3 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (48.7 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Less sun and warmer. As the sun gets lower, the leaves from one of my Sycamore trees block the solar panels part of the afternoon. You can see the hump in the graph. The Geothermal HVAC was on (11.6 kWh). Server backup and new hydroponic garden online. Overall a net deficit of 12.6 kWh.

Daily Electric Energy Used (69.5 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (47.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Warmer out so the Geothermal HVAC was back on for much of the afternoon and evening (19.2 kWh). Using more electricity while running server backups and the new hydroponic gardens. Overall a net deficit of 22.2 kWh.

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Eleven-Years Ago (23-December-2006) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey: Birds, Berries, and Seeds

Walkabout with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens.  Five Canada geese in flight, northern mockingbirds, holly berries, bittersweet berries, and yucca seed pods.

Canada Geese in Flight. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Canada Geese in Flight. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 sec). (David J Mathre)



Seven-Years Ago (03-November-2006) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Trees that Stay Green.

Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens.

Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Backyard autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 250 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Backyard autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 250 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Backyard autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 250 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pine cones in the afternoon sun. Backyard autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 250 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)