Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Mihai Blowing Bubbles

The Bubble Man


Cochineal - Severe plague affecting El Rio De Aguas and all of Almeria.

It measures 3-5 millimeters in length, is usually brown or yellow, and feeds parasitizing the sap of cacti and plants and the moisture present there.

The dark red color dye is used extensively for cosmetic and food industry, lending its color for cookies, jellies, desserts, and is also used in medicine and clothing, usually specified as "natural dye carmine cochineal," CI 75470 or E120 in the compositions of products.

it is necessary to kill about seventy thousand insects to achieve about half a kilo of dye.

Lucas has started  cleaning the dead cactus to create space for re-birth.
 Looking bad.
 Mega infestation.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sunday - dog walking - ecological nappies - Paella - Agave Cactus killer beetle found in dead Agave.

Here are some pictures from my morning walk.

Ecological Nappies. Andreia will be giving birth in 6 weeks - another El Rio baby.

And the "filling".

The Agave killing beetle - effects. !

This is a very dangerous little beetle. !

Paella by Enriques.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Pictures of the El Rio Spring 19/09/2015. We have had 48 mm of rain this month and there is a little more water in the river. Not much, but some. It shows that we are not totally dependent on the aquifer..

 Here we are at the place where there used to be a dam to push the water into the tunnel to feed the Irrigation Line
 Here is the pond which used to be a flowing small river feeding the line.

 We are looking at the non-existent feed from the Nacamiento. (Spring)
 Here is the top pond of the non-flowing Nacamiento
I am up the mountain looking down on the non-existent flow - see the white strip alongside the cane - that is where the river used to be. !

Friday, 10 July 2015

A day assessing our future - 3 months if we are lucky. The situation is serious. The drought is serious.

 Super Intensive Olives. 1,800 trees per hectare
 5,000 tons of water per hectare per year. Juan Carrion has 1,700 hectares  - 500 hectares = 900,000 olive trees = total in planning THREE MILLION TREES

 Drinking water truck on the way to Los Perales
 Drought stricken trees on the road to Los Perales
 No irrigation - no olives on these trees.
 The road to Los Perales
 Los Perales main square
 Population has reduced to 15 people
 People are selling
 The river at Los Perales is no longer a river. The water is shallow and not moving. 
 Looking from Los Perales up towards los Molinos Del Rio De Aguas
 In the protected Nature 2000 El Rio De Aguas
 There is still flowing water and habitat is still intact
 You can see in this picture - the river is very small.
 Small pool and happy dogs
 The site of the "dam" which used to hold water for the tunnel - almost dry
 Showing greatly lowered supply
Well, this is the Nacamiento - or was the Nacamiento. !