Saturday (27-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, and Brown-headed Cowbird.


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

Squirrel up on the birdfeeder. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Squirrel up on the birdfeeder. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1600, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Conflict at Bambi’s backyard playground as one of the fawns becomes a bully.


Bambi’s backyard playground. Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


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

Groundhog (notice the tick in its ear). Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300  mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Groundhog (notice the tick in its ear). Image taken with a Nikon N1V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)

Early Summer Wildflowers: Yucca, Larkspur, Delphinium, Black-eyed Susan, Daisy, Red Poppy, Pink Poppy, Mexican Hat, and Teasel,


Early Summer Flowers (Portrait). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.


Early Summer Flowers (Landscape). Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (45.9 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.9 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain. A deficit of 5.0 kWh.


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Wednesday (24-June-2020) — New Jersey

Early Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Birds of the Day: Red-bellied Woodpecker, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Jay, and Black-capped Chickadee. I think the Eastern Phoebe has given up on the nest above my front door.


Birds of the Day. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Early Summer Wildflowers: Plains Coreopsis, Lemon-Mint, Delphinium, Larkspur, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Rigid Goldenrod, Blanket Flower, Mexican Hat, Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Cornflower, and Yucca. I managed to save a few of the Yucca flowers from the ravenous deer.


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

Mowed the lawn. Time-lapse video recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.

Daily Electric Energy Used (61.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (82.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun and intermittent clouds. A surplus of 21.4 kWh. The solar panels continue to produce more energy than required to keep the house cool with the energy efficient Geothermal HVAC system.


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Thursday (20-June-2019) — New Jersey

Last Day of Spring. Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

The rain continues… The sun did come out for a bit in the afternoon. Went on a walkabout with my Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm telephoto lens. Frogs and Dragonflies near the pond. The Yucca and Prickly Pear cactus are blooming, as well as other Cosmos and Baby Blue Eye wildflowers.

Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Kermit in the Grass. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)





Daily Power Use (50.7 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (38.36 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is up since I did laundry and the Geothermal A/C was running.

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Tuesday (26-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I haven’t done the morning dawn clouds for some time as the sun has been getting up earlier than I have. I did notice some colors this morning and shot some pictures before the colors faded. I noticed that the deer found the flowering Yucca plants, and pretty much ate all of the flowers. ARRG!. I have a new high-resolution DSLR camera to test — used for the first time on today’s walkabout for flowers and frogs.

Early Morning Pastel Colored Clouds. Composite of four images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Early Morning Pastel Colored Clouds. Composite of four images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)




Individual Images in the Slide-Shows can be viewed here.

Monday (25-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Yucca flowers are mostly open. I hope to see the large white moth that visits them when the moon is full. Many years they don’t get this far, because the deer consider the flowers a delicacy. Each day that the sun is warm a new set of  yellow Prickly Pear flowers open. The bees really like these flowers. Other flowers blooming include Day Lilies, Red Poppies, and Nasturium.