Fall is the season for grape harvesting in Baja California. We have been fortunate this year that we have not had to deal with insect attacks and infestations nor very hot dry weather, as was the case during the summer of 2015. As a result, the grapes are ripening and almost ready to harvest.
This year as an experiment, we have been planting rows of tomato plants in the empty spaces between the grape vines. This helps to shield the tomatoes from any high winds this Fall, which occur when high pressure forms over the inland deserts. This also makes better use of available empty land. You can see the plastic drip irrigation lines running downhill in the picture below, surrounded by small tomato plants.
The grapes will be brought to the Seagate factory in October where the juice will be separated and the seeds and skin processed into Seagate Grape Seed Extract.
The Fall season also means thinking about going diving. This little fellow below was found along a Belizean reef. He uses his small fins to hover like a helicopter. They show little fear of divers as long as you don’t approach too quickly or invade their immediate space. They eat small crabs and other invertebrates. Their coloring and design on their skin allows them to use their camouflage as their primary means of protection.