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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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December 16, 2008

harvest time in the countryside

Cutting the rice stalks

A typical harvesting activity in the countryside still involves traditional methods. The rice stalks are cut using sickles and are piled in several areas in the rice field. Its mostly the women who are tasked with this, as the men are involved in more laborious tasks (but if you ask me, this is as laborious as it gets).

Thresher machine

A thresher machine is then used to separate the rice grains from the stalk. In some remote areas where there are no thresher machines, they have to do it the hard way: by beating the stalks with a stick. The machine does not always do a thorough job of threshing, so the straw strewn out by the thresher can still be "reprocessed", by hand. Usually the owner of the rice field gives the straw to the villagers who live nearby as a sign of goodwill. If they are lucky they will still be able to get several sacks of grains from a huge pile of straw.

The compensation for all those involved in the harvest activity (i.e. owner of the thresher machine, laborers who will transport the sacks from the field to the mill, etc) is not in monetary form but in sacks of rice. For example: the stalk cutters, as a group, are paid 5 sacks of grains per hectare harvested.

I took these photos quite a while back and have completely forgotten about them until recently when the news about protests for the proper implementation of Philippines' CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program) made headlines. The farmers do not own the land they till, more often than not. Until now they are still fighting for the lands that should have been distributed to them under the CARP initiative.
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MysLykeMeeh said...

hey Allan, nice pictures--u made me riminisced back home... when we were young we used to do this kinda of thing.

Harvesting time!

Photo Cache said...

I like the colors here. I am glad you featured the harvesting. It's something I have unfortunately not witnessed in person.

Lantaw said...

@mys Lyke Meeh - Glad my photos brought back fond memories :)

@Photo Cache - Thanks! It was my pleasure so share these photos.

Ishmael F. Ahab said...

Ang galing :-) It is good that you uploadedf this photos, para makita ng mga batang nagsilaki sa urban areas kung papaano pinoproseso 'yung mga kanin na kinakain nila arawa araw

Anonymous said...

Great colors! I almost thought there's a window on my monitor. Very lovely.

Lantaw said...

@Ayel - Thanks! I was lucky that the light was just right that time so I had no problem with the exposure :)

Anonymous said...

the first photo just evoked paintings done by manansala.

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