So, I forgot to take a rice field photo for March, but really March looked a lot like February. You didn’t miss much.
Now it’s pretty exciting because the rains have started. It’s not raining everyday and never all day, but just enough to get a some water into this field. People are starting to plant corn in their upland fields.
This photo was taken on February 16th.
photo taken January 12, 2011
So, the field looks about the same as it did last month except that there’s a burned patch in the back right. That burning was intentional, don’t worry. The cows are still grazing in the harvested rice fields. I’m surprised there’s anything left to eat!
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I love that poinsettias are in bloom at Christmas here. No one intended for them to be Christmas decorations, but they are.
Now the rice fields are harvested. All that remains in the fields is the dry stems. Cows are free to roam to find any missed pieces of rice and to eat the dry rice hay. Probably the next 6 months of rice field photos will be pretty monotonous. There is only one planting season here, so you’ll have to wait until the spring to see any changes in this field!
The weather today is sunny even though it doesn’t look like it in the photos, which were taken earlier in the morning. It was chilly enough to need a sweater when I started walking to take this photo, but I quickly warmed up in the sun. It’s 68 F outside now. What a beautiful day! It rained briefly about a week ago, but other than that, it hasn’t rained since October.
Here you can see the cows a little better:
Monthly Rice Field Photo #1
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collecting the rice stems into a stack with the rice ends in the center
another rice stack
cut rice stems drying before being collected into a stack
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