Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

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, December 12, 2011

#149 Threshing

The next step after harvest is threshing. After the harvest is brought in from the fields, these farmers look for a comfortable place under a tree to thresh the sheaths. Mechanical threshing is a relatively modern phenomenon and now the de facto way to separate the chaff from the grain. Gone are the days of gaudily clad women manually pounding sheathed rice by hand. Now wouldn't that be just an awesome sight?

Just behind me, in front of a dingy warehouse from across the street, stood the owner of the field. She owns all the land you see in the photograph, including more around the area. She comes to watch the harvest in progress and to receive her share of the booty. Land owners get to keep up to a third of the produce, after everyone has been paid their share in kind. In the end it all works out, and everyone is happy. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: This is another high noon shot where we had to contend with harsh and burning light. But what can you do when the sun is your only light source? You learn to work with it. Again a polarizer, plus creative composition, saves the day.)

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