Hot on the trail of vanishing professions, one such profession has got to be farm workers who juice cane. They hand-feed stalks of sugar cane into a mechanical press that squeeze the cane water into a pan. The juice will be turned into muscovado sugar and the spent stalks will be used as fuel for the cooking process. The mechanical press used to be powered by a real carabao, but today they're using a farm tractor in auto-pilot mode. One day they will no longer juice cane this way, so we hope this photograph remains a fond reminder of how it was once done. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peers: I took this shot from inside a shed, struggling to balance the brightness of the spent stalks in the foreground with the folks under full light in the background. I wish my light meter hadn't conked-out on me!)
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