One of our favourite hikes is to the pineapple plantations in the valley east of Highway 200. It was faster when we used to bike but, since Bea fell off her bike and broke her wrist we have taken to “hoofing it.” But slowing down gives us a chance to discover many butterflies, birds and flowers we would otherwise miss. Depending on the season, we have seen the planting of the pineapple, irrigation, flowering and harvesting – many times we’ve been given gifts of pineapples – luckily we carry a back pack. Once they flower, the individual fruits of the flowers join together to create what we know as pineapples. After the first fruit is produced, side shoots (called ‘suckers’) are produced in the leaf axils of the main stem. These may be removed for propagation. Mexico stands at the seventh place in the pineapple world production.

Planting pineapple suckers

Pineapple plantation


The worker on the pineapple plantation told us that the newspaper placed over the pineapple was to reduce heat stress and sun damage

Harvesting the pineapples

A “regalo” (a gift)

About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004, and enjoy bird watching, exploring the area on foot, taking photographs and writing. They spend time watching sunrises and sunsets, enjoying Mexican cuisine and making footprints in the sand. When back in Canada, they continue to pursue their passion writing, and photographing birds, butterflies and flowers in their gardens.

Often they are asked for the secret to discovering so many of nature’s hidden treasures. While there probably is no pat answer, they like to think it’s because they are in the right place at the right time, are alert to their surroundings, have quick enough reflexes to press the shutter release and then, cross their fingers that the subject is in focus.

The heart of any country is its people and they love to get to know the local people. They have learned to embrace the Mexican culture and enjoy the slow-paced energy of its people. They maintain that the Mexican sun is eclipsed only by the warmth of the Mexican people.

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