Long-billed curlew luring me away from it’s nest.

Great solar weather site and their android app is decent too.

I’ve been on the fence about what framework to learn for mobile development. To see a phonegap game with such popularity is inspiring, since it is very accessible using a common web skillset.

The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun! The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun!

The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun!

Here on the Winter Solstice I cooked some broccoli leaves that I pulled from the garden before a very hard freeze a few weeks ago. I didn’t have a lot so it was a small batch. One could double or triple the recipe. Good stuff!

2 cups chopped broccoli leaves
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp oil of your choice
1-2 tsp. bacon fat, keep it in the fridge after cooking bacon, it’s gold.
1-2 cups chicken broth

  1. Heat the oil and bacon fat on medium heat in a large sauce pan or skillet.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the leaves and cook for a few minutes until somewhat wilted.
  4. Add the chicken broth, return to simmer, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook 20 minutes, add water as necessary to keep from boiling dry.
  5. Check for desired tenderness after the 20 minute are up and cook longer as needed.

Enjoy! Would’ve taken a photo, but ate it too fast.

It’s time to drag yourself out of bed before dawn and grab a pair of binoculars. At least one comet is near naked-eye visibility while ISON looks to be fizzling. Check here for details on Comet Lovejoy: 

http://comets.skyhound.com/

Also if you have a mobile device or tablet, get Sky Safari to learn the night sky and find all those pesky fuzzballs.

http://www.southernstars.com/index.html

The app has many useful features, I just went to Search, typed in Lovejoy and tapped Center. The object was shown below the horizon so I used the app’s feature that allows you to advance time by minute, hour, etc. This let me pinpoint the time when the object would be over the horizon. Great tools, great views to be had.

Another evening meandering in the dust. This time out by an old corral on Highway 68, west of Utah Lake. Wildlife was mostly mosquitoes, but we did find a few black widow spiders, two of which we accidentally brought home in a bag we were using to pick up trash - sorry guys.

In addition to several dozen spent shotgun shells, Julie found a spoon and a dime, without a metal detector and in the dark no less. We did hear an owl calling. Short-ears are in the area, but I think the call suggested a barn owl.

Some tech specs on the shots: 883 shots, 16mm @ f/2.8, ISO 3200, 10 sec exposure for each frame. Original white balance was 5000K daylight, but I ended up shifting it to 2900K in Lightroom to tone down the light pollution which made the clouds appear reddish.