Saturday, March 19, 2011

Purple Haze


No not the one you are thinking of.....

As you travel around the country you see multiple fires that are set from agriculture burn. Not that burning old corn and other waste is exclusive to this time, but it seems more prevalant.

Mexicans burn everything.

Coconut husks and fronds are probably the worst in the smell department. Corn fields not so bad, but one habit they have is to set fire to the land adjecnt to roads, that sometimes is an intersting predicament since between the smoke and the visibility that gets limited from the bellowing blowing smoke.
Perhaps the roadside fires are a result of some tossed out cigarette butts, but based on how many they are, I sometimes wonder.

The normal pristine view of the lake with Janitzio is sometimes a little difficult to see because of the haze, a few more months, the rains will bring cleansing to the dust that settles on the grass and leaves that have been dusted from speeding vehicles and wind placed from the dry looose soil.
So, not too many landscape pictures unless they are on the beach.... but with nice weather inland there is no reason to do that, now just now.

7 comments:

Don Cuevas said...

And in recent years, there are burning buses.
Fortunately, we have never seen on nor smelled one.

Saludos,
Don Cuevas

Steve Cotton said...

We see (or don't see) the same thing down here in the hot zone. The mountains dribble into the sea around here. But you could easily miss them due to the smoke.

Tancho said...

Luckily we haven't been fortunate enough for the burning buses or seen one burn either.
This afternoon we had a interesting dust storm which blew a lot of the dust and dead leaves and other stuff from the trees for about 15 minutes, so the weather is changing....nice sunny spring starts tomorrow I think, time to put out some more seedlings...

JerryL said...

Good thing they do not have the environment air quality commissions, as in the US.

Anonymous said...

Hola Tancho,
When i read your post, it stirred a very happy memory of a visit to Patzcuaro. The smell of burning corn husks, mixed with wood smoke and cooking aromas.
Thanks for a pleasant memory!
Viva Mexico!
-ac-

Tancho said...

AC, yep there is a charm to that is a sort of air pollution way....
My favorite smoke filled heaven is walking the streets of Santa Fe in the crisp nights and smelling the smoke from their local Pine, from the fireplaces...
Now that would be great in Patzcuaro!

Felipe said...

The burning of the fields started quite early this year, maybe because winter started early last year. Who knows?

I have not seen a burning bus, but I have seen two burning cars.