Archive for January, 2015

Asparagus Sprout

Asparagus SproutOn Friday, I got out a bunch of asparagus that we put in water to keep it fresh in order to make some asparagus soup. When I got the bunch out, I noticed that one of the spears was much longer than the others and another was already showing signs of sprouting as well.

The largest spear had been growing in the measuring cup I use to hold the bunch while we’re getting ready to use them a few days after buying them in the produce department at the supermarket. I can’t recall seeing any other asparagus spears doing this well (if doing at all) in the shallow water in the cup.

The bottom line is that I chopped up all of the asparagus in the bunch, added some savory ingredients and some bread to thicken the mixture. I then put the mixture in the blender to render a nice aromatic mix. I topped it off at the serving table with some pancetta (Italian bacon) as a garnish. Needless to say, it was a very tasty and healthy late lunch soup that we enjoyed on last Friday.

Yes, I’m good. Click on the image to enlarge.

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A Glitch in the Matrix


This is an actual, unretouched screen shot of the NOAA weather report for our town as observed on the internet this evening. I did a double take when I saw this on the computer screen and captured a screen shot before it reverted to the actual reported temperature of sixty-something.

It would not surprise me to see this erroneous data point merged into the annual average, knowing the way that the Government and Greenbats (but I repeat myself) manage climate statistics to look like the sky is falling. It is well known by those of us that pay attention, but mostly carefully concealed from the public-at-large, that statistical manipulation runs rampant among climate alarmists.

Remember, it’s not about the climate. It’s about taxation and control. Click on the image to enlarge.

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It’s Called “Weather”


We’re having sort of an unusual weather pattern this morning. The precipitation mass in the map above is moving southeast to northwest in the animated mosaic. We normally see movement in the opposite direction when precipitation moves through. The forecast is for a forty percent chance of rain this afternoon, increasing to eighty percent this evening. We’re not complaining, the desert can always use the rain.

Meanwhile, in the northeastern US, Airlines are cancelling flights, road closures are going into effect as a “potentially historic” blizzard approaches. Weather expert Joe Bastardi weighs in on Newsmax:

“The snow, as extreme as it is now, may be rivaled next week by the cold,” Bastardi, chief forecaster for WeatherBELL, told hosts J.D. Hayworth and Francesca Page Monday.

“In other words, when you look at deviation from normal this is a very, very big event and there are others coming behind it. Maybe not as strong as this, but snow in many of the areas getting it now, Thursday then again Sunday, and just spectacular cold early next week,” he explained.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if New York goes below zero a few nights, which is a very rare event over there,” he added.

Bastardi also said that some Northeasterners should be prepared for more of the same — snow and biting cold — well into next month.

“Some of you folks in the Northeast, you may not see it rain again before February 15 because every precipitation event will be in the form of snow,” Bastardi told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner on Monday.

It would appear that the full “Gore Effect” winter is in progress. It’s not GLOBAL WARMING or anything else of the sort. It’s all about Government taxation and control of EVERYTHING!

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No, They Didn’t Say “MEEP MEEP”

Male Female

I have started carrying the camera with me as I do some of the routine outdoor chores; one never knows when a desert “Photo Op” might present itself. I had just finished taking a birdseed block and bell up to the feeders this afternoon, when two roadrunners, a male and a female (mates, I presume) showed up at the base of the poles where the feeders hang.

I was near the back door of the screened-in patio and had my telephoto lens on the camera at the ready. I snapped several shots of the birds as they lurked around the feeders waiting for an opportunity to snatch a goldfinch or other small bird as it might come to feed. Click on either bird to enlarge the image.

We saw these birds earlier in the day when the dogs alerted us to their presence. We saw them again as we were taking the dogs for a walk after breakfast. I got the shots above an hour or so after the last morning sighting.

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Solar Corona and Sun Dogs

Solar Corona and Sun Dogs

This afternoon, I noticed a bright sun dog visible through the window in the living room. I grabbed my camera and took this photo of the sky with one of the front patio posts between the camera and the glare of the sun.

The original photo has been post-processed to achieve the effects of a slower film speed and shorter exposure time. It has further been processed to bring out the colors with a greater saturation setting. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Orange Tulips

Orange Tulips

Last week, I bought a potted tulip plant at the garden concession in the supermarket. This week, the tulips are out and they’re a beautiful orange color. They are nearly the same color as my orange amaryllis flowers that opened last week. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Arizona Nightfall

Arizona Nightfall

I read selected parts of “Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D for Dummies” after I receiving my new SLR camera. Having converted from the ‘point and shoot’ mindset, I now try and compose my photos using book-recommended photographer techniques and camera settings, if possible.

I took this sunset shot after carefully composing the scene from our front courtyard as the colors of the sunset and sky combined into a rainbow of reds through purples. I used the foreground mesquite tree to partially mask some of the “ugly” infrastructure (power poles, etc.) such that the photo was all about colors and composition without distracting artifacts.

This view is looking west south west from just outside our front door. Camera settings: F4.0, ISO 125, Focal Length 75mm and exposure time 1/125 sec. Click on the image to enlarge.

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