Just Say No To Holiday Leap Frog

I try not to get annoyed at too many things in life. Annoyances, left unchecked, tend to make people miserable. But there are a handful of things that still really get to me. One of those things is the displaying of Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving.  We play up Halloween as if it’s a real holiday and then start throwing up the lights and plastic reindeer before the sugar rush has even begun to wear off. I understand why stores skip Thanksgiving. They haven’t figured out how to make money from it (yet). But let me here plead with my neighbors and anyone reading this to forgo tossing up the tinsel until after Thanksgiving. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. But Thanksgiving is a close second. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends and show our gratitude to God for providing us with so much in our lives. But too often it gets ignored until that fateful Thursday when we stuff ourselves with food, watch a football game and then go to sleep early. It’s no wonder that we give the day such short shrift though. There’s no build-up, no anticipation and no backing by all those people playing holiday leap frog by putting up Santa knickknacks the day after we celebrate evil, death and mayhem. To these people I say: take a cold shower and rid yourself of the urge to dilute one of America’s finest days for celebrating all we have.  

Monochrome Romanesco

Romanesco Brocolli in black and white

A few days ago I posted a picture of a Romanesco. This is the same one from a different perspective and in monochrome rather than in color.

At first I wasn’t sure I liked the monochrome. The color of the Romanesco is beautiful and adds a lot to its interest. However, black and white photography has always interested me and I like the way the light and shadows here play on the photo.

How To Export A Feature Class Attribute Table From ArcGIS Pro

Several years ago I wrote about how to export an ArcGIS feature’s attribute table as a CSV file. ESRI didn’t make this extremely intuitive. Since that time I’ve moved into using ArcGIS Pro and thought I’d post about doing the same thing in this application.

It’s even easier to export table records in ArcGIS Pro. You can select a subset of records in your attribute table if you aren’t trying to export the entire thing. Then, right-click on the feature and click Data -> Export Table. Alternatively, click the feature layer “Data” tab and select Export Table. A geoprocessing dialog table will open with a Copy Rows task. 

Under the Output Table parameter enter a name for your table with a .csv extention. You can also choose to save your table as a .dbf, in a geodatabase or as a .txt file(comma delimited).

Incidently, if you try to save your table outside of a database but without an extention, the tool will default to exporting as a .dbf file.

This process isn’t difficult but it might throw some people off since you can’t select your extension in any dialog dropdown. You have to type it out yourself.


About a week ago I was at the grocery store when I noticed this beautiful thing nestled between the lettuce and broccoli. I had heard of Romanesco before but had never seen one.

I came back a few days later and bought one. I plan on eating it but my main purpose for buying it was to photograph it. This edible flower bud has an amazing fractal-like appearance and is quite striking to look at.

I’ve actually been in the habit of photographing vegetables for some time although I haven’t been posting them here. Perhaps in the future I will. It’s fun to share amazing natural art work.