Sunday (18-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: Mourning Dove, Turkey Vulture, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early springtime flowers: Daffodil, Grape Hyacinth, Maple Tree, Plum Tree, Tulip, Violet.


Early Springtime Flowers (landscape mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early Springtime Flowers (portrait mode). Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Better luck today with the Tulip opening time-lapse video. The sun came out and it was warmer. This time I set up two cameras. One to look straight down (Leica SL2 camera with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens), and the other for a side view (Fuji X-H1 with a 50-140 mm OIS lens).

Daily Electric Energy Used (59.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (52.2 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. GeoThermal HVAC still on to heat the house. A deficit of 7.0 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (331 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (275 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A deficit of 56 kWh.

Saturday (17-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

I set up a camera to take images for a time-lapse Tulip flower opening looking strait down. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and cool outside so the flower only partially opened. Need to wait for some sun and a bit more warmth.

Late planting starter seeds in the indoor AeroGarden Farm for the outdoor GrowTowers (Part 2). Herb seeds planted this year include: Angelica, Anise, Basil (Cinnamon, Culinary, Dark Opal, Genovese, Holy, Italian Large-leaf, Lemon, Lime, Thai, Sweet), Cilantro, Chives, Cumin, Dill Epazote, Lavender, Lemmon Grass, Marjoram, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme.

Daily Electric Energy Used (54.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (33.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and clouds. GeoThermal HVAC still on to heat the house. A deficit of 20.7 kWh.

Thursday (15-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Visitors backyard and the patio birdfeeder: Turkey Vulture, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early spring flowers blooming: Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth, Garlic, Onion, Pieris japonica, and Tulip. The Pieris japonica (Japanese Andromeda) is one of the few shrubs in my yard that the deer avoid.


Early Spring Flowers. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (41.7 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.7 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. A deficit of 27.0 kWh.

Monday (12-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Only one morning visitor to the backyard and patio birdfeeder on a rainy day: White-throated Sparrow.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The first Tulip still hasn’t opened as the cold and rain continues. Waiting for a sunny day.

Tulip. (David J Mathre)
caption. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (44.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (16.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain much of the day. A deficit of 27.6 kWh.

Sunday (11-April-2021) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Morning visitors to the backyard and patio birdfeeder: Tufted Titmouse, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird.


Daily backyard visitors. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

The first Tulip hasn’t quite opened yet (still raining outside). Waiting for a sunny day.


Tulip in the rain. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Time-lapse Little Planet Video of Assembling an IKEA Cabinet. Use the full-screen button to enlarge the video.

Daily Electric Energy Used (43.8 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (6.8 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain much of the day. A deficit of 37.0 kWh.

Weekly Electric Energy Used (311 kWh) from Sense. Weekly Solar Electric Energy Produced (360 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. A surplus of 49.0 kWh.