Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Sunday, December 11, 2011

Crop loss~peppers







I posted the story of the loss of the Coachella Valley's entire pepper crop on my other blog (http://rav4adventures.blogspot.com) last week, but then I realize I'd written nothing about it on this one.  So, here goes.  Our valley had several nights of hard frosts this week.  Now, with a 365 day growing season, the large growers rotate their crops from summer crops to winter crops such as broccoli, lettuce, green onions, artichokes, and peppers.  On my way to school for several mornings, I saw smoke on the horizon down by my school where I teach, in Coachella.  Finally, on Thursday morning, I took my camera with me to investigate.  I have to be extremely careful driving out by these fields as a young woman from Indio was found dead in one of them last spring and her death remains unsolved.  So, I don't get out of my car.  I just point and use my telefoto lens.  Anyway, the smoke that morning was horrible.  It got all over me, my clothes, my car, my hair!  I must have smelled awful to the kids at school!  I noticed that at the end of the pepper rows, something was burning.  The last time our valley had a hard frost (about two years ago), the growers brought in bales of hay and set them on fire, attempting to save their crop.  This time, however, it didn't work.  The ENTIRE pepper crop (red, yellow, and green peppers) was lost.  They froze and turned to mush inside.  This worker was out trying to keep the fires going and several trucks were driving by to make sure they were burning.  It was very busy out there.  I also took my camera on Friday and that's when I noticed that the table grape vineyards had been trimmed.  It wasn't freezing Friday morning, but there was still smoke way back in the fields and I wasn't about to drive down unmarked dirt roads to try to get a photo!  I did take a few, but they were mostly of the artichokes growing in the fields.  We are supposed to get rain here Monday and Tuesday this coming week.  It's sad to see an entire crop lost to nature, but that's how it is.  I remember the year my sister-in-law lost her entire vineyard of Merlot grapes to a hard frost.  It took the vines several years to recover and she lost her income for several years. Anyway, here are some photos from last week.

6 comments:

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Wow, sono molto dispiaciuta per questi poveri coltivatori... รจ terribile vedere che il proprio raccolto vada perso !
Grazie di averci dato notizie.
Buona giornata.
Myriam

Stephanie said...

The top photo is very beautiful (& the reason for originally catching me eye) but after reading on, how sad to lose such a bountiful crop. Im so glad you took these photos. This is something one does't see all the time. Thx for sharing

Teresa said...

Wow! those are some really good pics but sad to hear of a loss like that. We never know with nature.

Steffe said...

Too bad about the loss of all that pepper. Some good photos here.

Lorac said...

What a shame after working so hard to save. Your photos are enlightening.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You gotta feel bad for crop losses after all that hard work that goes into them. Neat post... very educational!