nos montanha :: our mountain

We live in a valley near the foot of Pico d’Antonia, the highest peak on Santiago. Every day we are lucky to see the changing face of this beautiful mountain, and we wanted to share some of those wonderful views with you.

This week’s picture of our mountain…

November 26, 2011

6:00 p.m.

Our zone is very agricultural, and this is a field ready for planting, to be irrigated the old-fashioned way (as opposed to the newer drip irrigation being pushed by the Ministry of Rural Development). Traditional irrigation here uses rows of basins separated by short ridges. The basins are connected by canals, and water is pumped into a feeder canal. Each basin is opened in turn by removing a clump of dirt from the ridge. Somebody must stand and watch, and when the basin is full, the clump is replaced and a new clump removed from the next basin. Watering is only done every few days, or less. This particular field isn’t planted yet; plants could be placed along the ridges, or right in the bottom of the basin, depending on the crop.

 

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