Monday (13-April-2020) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I caught two Stink Bugs lurking in the Ground Cherry plants growing in my indoor hydroponic farm. I wonder if they are the cause of the white patches on the leaves. Supposedly, Stink Bugs are vegetarian…

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Stink Bug lurking on my indoor hydroponic garden Ground Cherry plants. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Stink Bug lurking on my indoor hydroponic garden Ground Cherry plants. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/16, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

During this time of staying at home (for me day 38), I did recently get a delivery of fresh food from Whole Foods. Items that are difficult or impossible with the indoor hydroponic farm (eggs, cheese, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, apples, pears, pineapple, grapes). I used the broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower to prepare dinner.

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Vegetable Casserole. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 105 mm, f/28, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (53.9 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (7.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of clouds and rainy. A deficit of 46.1 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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Monday (09-March-2020) — New Jersey

Winter Indoor Nature in New Jersey.

Stink Bug on a Bunching Onion stalk. I keep finding the “vegetarian” Stink Bugs checking out my indoor hydroponic gardens.


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Daily Electric Energy Used (61.7 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (60.0 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A deficit of 1.7 kWh.

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Thursday (13-February-2020) — New Jersey

Indoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Stink Bug on a Mustard leaf. One of the indoor pests that try to eat the greens I am growing in my AeroGarden hydroponic farm.  Focus stacked composite of fifty images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 640, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus.

Stinkbug on a Mustard Leaf. Focus stacked composite of 50 images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 640, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug on a Mustard Leaf. Focus stacked composite of 50 images taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 640, 80 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Helicon Focus. (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (72.8 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (3.2 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cloudy all day. A deficit of 69.6 kWh.

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Saturday (14-December-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I found a Stink Bug trying to claim my first “just about ripe” indoor hydroponic strawberry. ARRG! Green Tomatoes and Purple Superhot Peppers. Calendula, Snapdragon, and Plains Coreopsis flowers.


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


Daily Electric Energy Used (65.2 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (5.92 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 59.3 kWh.

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