The burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual held by Orthodox and Catholic communities. Effigies of Judas Iscariot are burned, hanged, flogged or exploded with fireworks. Once widely practiced across Europe, now it can be seen only in Greece, Portugal and Spain.
The Spaniards and Portuguese spread the tradition around their colonies and it is still celebrated in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and The Philippines.
Tortillas wrapped in a cloth to keep them warm and placed in the center of the table. Portions of tortillas are used as spoons for scooping the black bean soup. Dario and Herculana and their family in their kitchen. Chichimilá, Yucatán, 1976.
“Every winter Atlantic sailfish gather in groups of a dozen or more off the coast of Mexico to hunt for sardines. Once they locate shoals of sardines and drive them to thesurface, the action begins. The sailfish raise their dorsal fins. Their bodies flash vibrant colors with the excitement of the chase as they herd tiny sardines into tight balls and rush in,slashing their bills to stun and devour unlucky individuals. The action is rapid and chaotic,making it extremely difficult to keep up while pushing a camera and snorkeling through theagitated seas. The scene is like nothing else I have ever witnessed while diving!”
POINSETTIA VARIETY - I love the color but my brain was not expecting poinsettias to be that color.
“The poinsettia is a native of Mexico, and was first named ‘Cuetlaxochitl’ by the Aztecs. Fortunately for us, Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US ambassador to Mexico, who was also a keen botanist, spotted the plant and brought it back to the States, where he cultivated it in his greenhouses in South Carolina,…”
This plant occurs throughout the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts. Its distribution extends from southern California northeast through southern Nevada to the southwest corner of Utah and southeast through southern Arizona and New Mexico to western Texas and north-central Mexico.
Actually, what botanists classify as a single species in the North American deserts is now known to consist of three genetically different shrubs. Creosote bushes of the Mojave Desert have 78 chromosomes, those of the Sonoran Desert (southern Arizona) have 52 chromosomes, while those of west Texas (Chihuahuan Desert) have only 26.
Creosote bushes are very long lived, many of them existing for one hundred years, and can grow to a height of 15 feet. There is one living creosote bush that is estimated to be nearly 12,000 years old!
The creosote plant was a virtual pharmacy for Native Americans and the steam from the leaves was inhaled to relieve congestion. It was also used in the form of a medicinal tea to cure such ailments as flu, stomach cramps, cancer, coughs, colds, and others.
The picture was produced by the photochrom process which was an early version of color photography which allowed affordable printing of color pictures.
HH: My grandmother was alive then. She told me a story about Indians stealing their donkey and they were afraid to go home and tell their parents they lost the burro. I will never know how true her memory was. She was very old by the time she started relaying her childhood.