At the Salt Pans - Getting Food Ready !
In the harsh sun light of a Goan summer a woman from the tribal lands of Karnataka stirs up a pail of coconut shavings to pound them in a large stone mortar and pestle that she holds in the other hand.
Goa is more known for its beaches, tanned flesh, food and carnevale then for its salt. Here right next to Panjim, salt making goes on in the summer months. I guess since no tourists arrive here during that period, no one even mentions the existence of these historic mines which work on the principle of solar evaporation of the saline water that reaches up the Mandovi in the summer months.
In Goa, during the months of summer, nothing moves, not even the breeze, it is hot and sultry and almost impossible to think. The famous beaches are not happening as the water is so murky and full of churning that the currents are vicious.
The only activity that seems to occur during this hottest part of the year in Goa is the making of Salt and living life and dreaming of the monsoon to break and bring the rains.
Taken on June 1, 2010 at 1.08pm IST (edit)
Posted to Flickr January 27, 2012 at 4.24PM IST (edit)
Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Focal Length 17 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
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