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I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Monday, February 8, 2010

#53 Harvest in the Hills

It was a nice day to be in barrangay Samoki, a swath of fertile paradise half-a-day by car north of Manila, on the outskirts of the town of Bontoc, high up in the Mountain Province. But it was more than just a nice day in January. It was a time of great joy. It was harvest-time across the valley.

Because they farm along the tributaries of the great Chico river, they can squeeze-in two rice crops a year. Examine the photograph as I explain what is going on: 

Each family owns a plot of land delineated by earthen dikes. After they cut the "pregnant" stalks, they use foot-powered mechanical tillers to separate the grain from the chaff. The grain is sacked and then sun-dried, while the spent stalks are laid out in the field to dry. The stalks will be carabao fodder in summer when grazing fields become sparse. That carabao will help them till the land again in the next season, completing a cycle that has sustained them for generations.

Now compare this with the "all-consuming-but-not-producing" carbon footprint we city-dwellers have! Feeling guilty yet? Hahaha. Enjoy.

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  1. I wish I was there with you guys shooting rather than freezing my butt off in germany!

  2. You mean shooting birds flying or the wild animals .....hehehe

  3. Thanks for posting all these great pictures!

  4. Fantastic pictures. Its so natural and awesome. The Postcard with these pictures would sounds great.

  5. I do much appreciate your exposing and posting of great, amazing, beautiful PHILIPPINE LANDSCAPES to where we dwell in. Thanks be to God.

  6. details, composition awesome


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