On our dog walk today, Syd pointed out how unhealthy many trees looked — should they appear like this in spring? I agreed. The more you look, the more you see. And those strange hazy skies? Syd thinks it’s the result of aerial shpraying, as a certain German we know insists.
After I got home, I took my camera as I walked to the feria (street market). Wow! Lots of unhappy-looking trees, indeed.
Right across the street from us.
Then, in the feria, I ran across Pilar, host of blueberry picking and the feria orgánica (see Atlántida Events in the menu bar above), and asked her.
Yes, she said, the wind has been horrible, regaling me with stories about her torn-up shade arbor, piles of plums on the ground and lost blueberries as well (I’ll see on Saturday morning) because of the recent winds. She says the wind damages branches, allows contaminación and hongos (fungus) and insects to invade the weakened parts of the tree.
Pilar knows her stuff. She advises the Uruguayan government on hemp and marijuana production (former promising, latter disappointing because the chosen distributors — pharmacies — apparently want nothing to with marijuana. Hmm, less profitable than pharmaceuticals? Or something else?).
Anyway, weather’s getting weird, and it may be the result of some “geoengineering.” But for now I’m going with weather, and not aerosols, for the damaged trees. We simply have nothing here like the shpraying I so clearly saw in North Carolina, Spokane, and later developing in Mexico.
I try to limit posts to a photo or two, but there are times, like yesterday, where one or two photos don’t do justice.
There appears to be a congress above the neighbors’ house.
Not to difficult to see faces interacting.
All leading up to …
… a spectacular finale!
…you set aside the corruption and official incompetence you’ve witnessed, set aside the reflections of a native on a culture that rewards mediocrity and discourages ambition, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the sky as the sun sets,
grateful it doesn’t look like what you saw so often in North America and Europe.
More stormy weather in the middle of beach season.