Bali: Padi almost ready for harvest

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Ian Stehbens on June 10, 2009

The umbrellas are meant, I believe, to frighten away the birds from the ripening heads of padi. But with a threatening storm, it seemed more like an irony to me, in that this was a desperate attempt to keep the padi from being wet by the rain.

MandyCardone on June 10, 2009

Very nice!!!

Ian Stehbens on June 10, 2009

It is ice to meet you, Mandy. I am pleased that we started with my images of the Car Rally, because of your husband's passion for off-road racing in an all-terrain vehicle.

I enjoyed my recent visit to Bali for I was able to go to some of the rural areas where I had not been before.

I look forward to more conversations with you.


A.Lebacq on June 11, 2009

Very nice shot Ian ,well done.

Greetings Arthur

Ian Stehbens on June 11, 2009

Thanks Arthur,

It is a great joy to be able to take my camera into the rural communities of Bali while I am working with their leaders. So thanks for enjoying such images.


M.Kranenborg-Torn on June 11, 2009

A great shot Ian Greetings from Greetje.

Ian Stehbens on June 11, 2009

Thank you for your encouragement and your greetings.

I send warm greetings from Brisbane, Australia.


Ian Stehbens on June 11, 2009

Dear Mira,

I think scarecrows are very much a broad European cultural phenomenon. Here the padi is protected with a wide variety of suspended items, and as a local remarked "the more colourful the better".

But I suspect there is another cultural-religious element contributing here. Hindu deities in Bali are reverenced by providing them with an umbrella. And Balinese Christians also have a pair of umbrellas in their churches, to reverence God and indicating that God 'who is present is our shelter and provides protection and relief to the people.'

This padi field belongs to a Hindu family.

And thanks fort your appreciation of this image.

Fond regards,


Dror Ben David on June 12, 2009

Very interesting indeed. Great picture Ian.

Ian Stehbens on June 12, 2009

Thanks oronbb. It is lovely to share my privileges to travel with you.


Ian Stehbens on June 13, 2009

Dear Hans-Jürgen,

I am pleased that my comment on Balinese culture has interested you. I have a lot to learn but each visit I learn a little more. You might try experimenting with umbrellas in your cherry orchard to see if they are more effective than your regular bird scarers!!

Warm greetings,


Ian Stehbens on June 13, 2009

Greetings Hans-Jürgen,

I'd be more worried if the pigs were raiding the orchard and eating the cherries as they fall. So don't shoot the birds, for if you do I am sure the wild pigs will come out of the forest! Try using a red umbrella instead!


Ian Stehbens on June 14, 2009

Hi Hans-Jürgen,

I realise you don't shoot the birds, starlings included, for you are a man with a camera!

Grace and peace,


rlzzza on June 16, 2009

Good shot!

Ian Stehbens on June 17, 2009

Thanks Raz. At least this is from your region of the world, my friend.

Ian (currently in Tonga - with very limited access to www!)

rlzzza on June 17, 2009

Thanks for sharing Ian..very seldom I got to see deeper into Bali...most of the time its the view of the beaches...

Olga I. Yakovenko on June 18, 2009


Ian Stehbens on June 18, 2009

Hello Hans-Jürgen,

I wonder which of the scarecrows is the more effective: one that keeps the rain off the ripening padi, or one that frightens away the axeman from the woodheap?


Ian Stehbens on June 18, 2009

Dear Raz and Olga,

I am pleased that you have appreciated this and other photos of Bali. It is my privilege to be in the company of locals when I am travelling so I do get to explore places that are less frequented by tourists.

Warmest regards from Tonga,


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Photo taken in Sulangai, Petang, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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