Bali: The Padi Harvest

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Comments (15)

gezginruh on June 21, 2009

Are they wheat? GGR

jeff_msn123 on June 22, 2009

A tough and rewarding work. Nice picture.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2009

Dear GGR,

This farmer's wife is hand harvesting padi (or rice). The grain heads were hanging down waiting for harvest.


Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2009

Hello Jeff,

It is indeed. I vividly recall on my first to China, I was travelling by train from Guangzhou to Wuhan. It was mid-winter and all the rice had been harvested. As I watched for hour after hour as the train sped by, I could not imagine how vast were the rice fields, and to think that every rice plant was hand-transplanted, and every head hand-harvested was just beyond comprehension. And that happens year after year!

You live in an amazing world, Jeff. Incredible.


jeff_msn123 on June 22, 2009

That's why my parent talk to us not to waste every single pieces of rice. The farmer works very hard to have it. In fact, I thought that modern machines can help them to raise output with less workforce. We must fully utilize the natural resource - land.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2009

And on that train trip in 1975, Jeff, I learnt to use chopsticks proficiently, eating every grain of rice, using the rice to absorb every drop of gravy, and even proving to myself that I could eat bean curd and peanuts as well with chopsticks.

Like you, I appreciate the labour of this woman. It was my privilege to chat with her husband and to stroke their small cow. It was special to be included in their world for the 30 mins I was there, recently.


krokkas on June 22, 2009

Interesting picture,ciao

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2009

Thanks krokkas. I was first attracted to the woman and her husband as they laboured harvesting and threshing together, and then by the colours of her costume against the colours of the ripe grain.



Amelia Royan on June 22, 2009

This really makes one appreciate every grain of rice Ian, a thing we take for granted, until now.

You have chosen the subject of this photo well, and the woman is unaware of how beautiful she looks in her work :))

Greetings, Amelia

M.Kranenborg-Torn on June 23, 2009

A nice picture off a very hard working lady. Well done. Greetings from Greetje.

rlzzza on June 24, 2009 excellent capture!

Ian Stehbens on June 24, 2009

Hans-Jürgen, Amelia, Greetje, Raz

Dear Hans-Jürgen, You certainly were privileged to travel as widely as you did in 2000. And I trust that Sri Lanka can be rebuilt with justice, though so many years of distrust and enmity will make it a long and tortuous path. Yes, growing rice is hard work. Rice is given different names at different stages. Rice that is harvested as grain is called padi, and the fields are therefore referred to as padi fields.

Thank you Amelia. It was a moment's decision, for when I first saw her she was with her husband where he was threshing, then I saw her again reaping and it was the colours of her dress midst the colours of the padi that did it!

Thanks Greetje and Raz for your affirming comments.


Matt Haysom on June 25, 2009

Great image Ian - really well done! Matt

Ian Stehbens on June 26, 2009

Thanks Matt - it was a quick decision to record this moment. So yes I am pleased with the result.


Ian Stehbens on June 29, 2009

Appreciated, Domi.


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Photo taken in Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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