Last Sunday at Hoover Dam. Yes, Lake Meade is visibly very low (look at that bathtub ring!) and perhaps the dam is all the more impressive because if it.

Lake Meade upstream of hoover dam with white bathtub ringlooking down the downstream wall of the damlookkng from the south of the damlooking at the intakes and upstream wall of the dam

No surprise why I spent today processing raw photos. Cool that Carrot Weather can report on my weather station.

Big Horn Sheep seen from the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon NP last Monday. The young one hopped up from below and surprised the hikers. Glad I wasn’t there but had my Olympus TG-4 at the ready.

an adult big horn sheep under a rock shelteran adult big horn sheep under a rock sheltera young big horn sheep on the Trail with some hikers

40 tomatoes harvested today at just over 7 pounds. During cooler weather a few weeks back they managed to set fruit, so lots more on the way. Our peppers, grown for mainly hot sauce, are ripening nicely.

harvested ripe tomatoes, piled high in a metal colanderharvested ripe peppers, super shiny and redSanta Fe peppers ripening, red and yellow agains the leavesseranos ripening, red against the leaves

My first flight on a 737-MAX8. Yeah I’m a commercial aviation geek and it’s great to be back in the air.

Southwest 737-MAX8 at the gate.

Went to the Grand Canyon yesterday. Over 250 photos to sort through but here’s two photos from the Bright Angel Trail. Obligatory one of the canyon and then… hops‽

look into the Grand Canyon from the bright angel trailCommon hops with a blurred canyon background

20 months since my last flight. Happily flying on a 737-7H4.

Does anyone else get yearly free download speed increases from Comcast/Xfinity or are they giving rural areas more bandwidth to look better on paper? It’s great 🤗 but I’m cynical 🤨

Six pounds of tomatoes harvested today. Total of 12 pounds this season. Ants have started aphid farming but hoping our mantises keep up! 🌱

Pandoc now available for M1 Macs via Homebrew

The amazing document converter, Pandoc, is finally available from Homebrew for M1 Macs! So I’ve adjusted my journal workflow to be on my M1 Mac mini. I’ll use

jhead -autorot *.jpeg
(instead of Graphic Convertor since I only have one license and I want it on my MacBook Pro) for autorotating photos and
for f in *.md; do pandoc $f -o ./Archive/${}.pdf -t latex; done
to convert the Markdown files to PDFs.

We harvested 2.5 pounds of tomatoes today. Almost 6 pounds total so far this season. We can’t use them that fast so many go in the freezer for future processing into soup, sauce, jam, etc. Same goes for peppers reserved for hot sauce🤤

tomatoes sitting on a scale reading about 2 pounds

We have a crazy amount of tomatoes ripening all at once — this is just one plant. We have three more.😳 Marigolds we started from seed are finally blooming.

ripening tomatoes on a plant with human hand for scalemarigolds with seranos behind them

I can hardly wait for Shortcuts on MacOS. That’s my favorite announcement from WWDC. Automator never clicked for me. I’m willing to wait so bugs hopefully won’t destroy my Shortcuts or iCloud data.

First ripe backyard garden tomato of the year. 🌱🍅 There’ll be many more to come!

Cultivated California buckwheat (front yard) flowers being buzzed by a honeybee.

white buckwheat flowers

These Santa Fe peppers are prolific! They seem to be more resistant to disease than jalapeños. 🌱

I’ve always loved listening to entire albums, as is evidence by my iOS Shortcut to randomize complete albums in track order. I don’t need that anymore. The Albums app is everything I always wanted to be. Shoutout to MacStories for letting me know about it!Albums app for iOS showing the queue as... albums. Lovely.

One variety of Cultivated California Fuchsias are full bloom in the front yard. This clump regularly blooms first, the others a month or two later.

This beneficial little mantis (and other excellent insects) is why we don’t use insecticide in our yards. 🌱

mantis on a pepper plant with nearby white pepper flowers

One day at 111°F in my sunny backyard and another at 105°F, and my Logitech Circle View doorbell has not overheated. Its circumstances: 24V 20VA transformer, north facing in the shade all day. I’m quite pleased with it.

Logitech Circle View doorbell by a red front door

Finished reading: City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 📚

Our fennel plants are managing fine in this 105°F+ heat. 🌱 a growing fennel plant

Ooof. Though I have a suspicion my weather station measures higher than it should. It topped out at 111°F today.

temperature chart

That time of the year where we temporarily shade the avocado trees as they have a hard time taking up water fast enough during 105°F+ temperatures… yeah they don’t belong here. At all. 🌱

Front yard cultivated California Buckwheat & a few butterflies (Coliadinae?). 🌱 attached white and yellow butterflies on a bed of white buckwheat flowers