• Women planting the rice. More details when i post the close ups :)
  • They are taking the green shoots from here
  • Making sure its all mixed well to prepare a thick past for planting
  • Stacking the green shoots
  • See more details in previous image
  • Looks like these paddies will not be planted this time
  • Those are planted already in the proper distance, notice the lighter green we see
  • This looks like a heart. - JannaPham
  • Wonderful detail! - JannaPham
  • great details everywhere - fusion-of-horizons
  • This part is wonderful! - JannaPham
  • where you standing here when you took the last photo? :) - bahketni
  • It was another location and i was standing here... inside the paddy :)
  • My answer is here >>
  • Agreed! - Kuang Woo | Photography

The Eye of the Rice paddies

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Explore #351 on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Hmong, Sapa -- We are planting the Rice now.
The paddies are flooded with water and plowing and repairing the edges starts early and continues for a few weeks. Here is over view of one of the many wonderful sites. The Hmong arrived last to this mountainous area of average height of 1,600 – 1,800 meters above sea level. So they had no choice but to cultivate the mountain slopes. In this image you can see, in the centre, the green rice and around it (see my notes) paddies that are being prepared, some that will not be used this time and some that rice already been planted. In previous image I explained the process of the final plowing, just before planting. And yes you can see some planters as well.

The rice planting season has just start and everyone will be busy in the labor intensive process.

To answer questions regarding my close contact; I spend all my time with them, morning to night… in the paddy up to my knees... I will describe it later. The buffalos don’t especially like me and standing in the narrow paddy needs some watching, they could be temperamental… the buffalos :)

The following set of images was taken 3 years ago.

See the rice set here

The Black Hmong are the 3rd largest minority in Vietnam with nearly 900,000 people. In the Sapa region there are about 35,000 residing in the surrounding 17 villages and they account for about 50% of the area population. The Hmong started migrating to Vietnam from china in the last 300 years. They live of the land and believe in the spirits.

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  1. giannifa2007 52 months ago | reply

    great lanscape

  2. honzap 52 months ago | reply

    Genial shot! Congratulations.

  3. sebastien banuls 51 months ago | reply

    Très belle photo.

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  4. dwinning 50 months ago | reply

    Love this. Apparently everyone else does too. ;-)

  5. mikaku 50 months ago | reply

    Great work here
    Brilliant use of composition, texture and movement of the eye

    Congrats on a compelling image,
    mikaku

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  7. DeStefano Daniele (OFF-OFF-on) 46 months ago | reply

    Great image. Congratulations.

  8. pim van den heuvel 45 months ago | reply

    amazing picture! nice composition

  9. D J RAY 43 months ago | reply

    great composition and great colour, my congratulations !

  10. paprtala 43 months ago | reply

    Simply amazing!!

  11. Zulema Meurer 42 months ago | reply

    wowwwww! amazing!

  12. Steve Rosset 41 months ago | reply

    Wow what an amazing place. Gorgeous capture!

  13. PNike (Prashanth Naik..back after ages) 40 months ago | reply

    magnificent, thats all I can say!

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  15. garyegarye 37 months ago | reply

    Incredibly beautiful

  16. thomsen77 34 months ago | reply

    fascinating, oustanding!

  17. marcellucray 28 months ago | reply

    ...a lightning shot..........!

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  19. AbhijeetAJ 21 months ago | reply

    Outstanding. Well framed.

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