Archive for November, 2010

Gentle rain all day, interspersed with heavy showers every day, waterfalls of rain at night.  We’re getting soaked, but that’s pretty much normal.  The rain should continue through December, but with climate change . . .

We planted jalapeno, maybe 2500 plants, and hundreds of corn seeds in the rain.  We had to treat the mountain, the heavy tropical vegetation, and then we burned  the dry weeds, chopped down some trees and bushes, to get the land cleared for planting.  Then we planted the old fashioned way, with a planting stick, and three or four seeds into the hole.

The mountain brush is strong though, it keeps coming back.  I can see what kind of back breaking labor was involved before chemical defoliants.  You have to keep coming back and chopping out the weeds.  That’s why farmers were tough in the old days, they had to do everything by hand.

That day may come again, but too few are ready.

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Sivash, Ukraine November 20, 2010

Sivash, Ukraine

Acquired on June 6, 2010, this natural-color image shows brightly hued waters in a network of salt marshes between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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Tilapia Babies

Yes, we now have about 20 Tilapia in the little pond, and one is a mother.  She has all her little babies swarming around her as they keep out of the way by the bank, and when a threat appears they all hide inside her mouth.  It looks like she’s eating them, but in reality she’s hiding them.  By now the fish know when someone is coming up to feed them, and they commence to dart about like crazy.  I don’t like killing anything, but at some point there will be too many fish for the pond.  A Buddhist dilemma.

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Saturday Planting

Two neighbors from the pueblo below planting jampi Saturday morning.   This little girl’s name is Beatriz and she’s always smiling and waving at me as I drive by, so much friendlier than most kids.  She made a game ut of planting the jampi, tossing the roots in the holes made previously by other workers.  I  don’t know too many kids who’d be working exuberantly but expertly planting, let alone on a Saturday.

They are planting in between the papaya trees.  It’s common to inter plant to take advantage of the cultivation and applications of insecticides.

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