I don't quite understand what she is doing, but the photo is beautiful! Is she treating the soil after the crop? Thank you for this image!
5 Oct 2012 1:10pm
@Mireille T.: Thank you for your comment. This woman is harvesting the rice with the curved knife you see in her right hand. She is standing in an area she has already just cut. It is a big job!
I can not imagine facing the enormous task that she has ahead of her. About how long does it take to cut and bundle all of that rice by hand?
5 Oct 2012 2:38pm
@Judy aka L@dybug: The machine that we saw in the photo two days ago does most of the work. But it cannot harvest the rice around the field's edges and particularly in the corners. This part, therefore, is still done by hand. It will take several hours, depending on the size of the field, to finish preparations before the harvester can come in and complete the job. I have talked to these farmers for many years and it always amazes me that they never complain. I give them the chance ("that must be really hard," I'll say) but never once have any of them complained about the pain and the hard work. This woman smiled and told me that she keeps in shape by hiking so the harvest never bothers her.
I can just imagine myself looking up and seeing how far I have to go....And feeling so tired because of how much I've already done. This is beautiful.
6 Oct 2012 10:12pm
Very nice detail and colours.
7 Oct 2012 4:30am
Thank you so much for sharing the added information on this hand-harvesting. Now I understand why both machine and human power is needed in the harvesting. It's great that she chooses to hike for her exercise, and I wish her a sweet harvest!
8 Oct 2012 6:35am
The only thing I've ever heard farmers complain about is crop prices. A great shot of what has to be hard work.
9 Oct 2012 4:43pm
I like that this image shows her harvesting tool.
9 Oct 2012 6:18pm
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