In our last blog article Spring transplant of tomato plants, we indicated how 13,000 small tomato plants were being transported from our greenhouse to the farm. After a week’s work, all the plants are now in the ground.
The black tubing passing next to each plant is the drip irrigation lines. The white plastic curtains in the background are wind breaks that will help protect the plants from the high winds that occur in our region during the summer growing season. In this area of Baja California, Santa Ana winds from the desert can reach over 60 mph and have a relative humidity of under 10%. In addition, we have to deal with animals such as gophers and birds attacking the crop.
After harvest late this summer, these tomatoes will be brought back to our factory and concentrated into a powder, without the use of any solvents or chemicals, that has a high natural level of lycopene.
Of course, during the heat of the summer months, a much more preferable place to be is taking photos 60 feet below the surface along a Caribbean reef. The photo below was taken with the camera shooting into the reef in order to capture this fish. Ideally, a proper underwater photographer does not shoot pictures with the reef as the background. It becomes too busy. However, fish do not generally cooperate to stay where you wish to have them pose. So you have to catch them in a photo the best that you are able.