Plant, Wildlife

Rice Paddy June 17, 2011

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I uploaded my video in HD format, if you have a slow internet connection please watch in Youtube.

This is going into the fourth week of rice planting.  The air humidity is thick, and the aroma of the young rice plants smell so nice. It was an overcast day and I decided to visit the rice paddy early than normal since it looked like it might rain in the evening.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 84mm, evaluative metering

I saw the owner and I often wondered where the water came from.  He ran an underground electric wire and pumps the water from the nearby creek.  I knew from speaking to his wife in the past that they have to fill the water into the rice paddy daily.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 94mm, evaluative metering

I’m glad I saw the owner because I was wondering if they planted the purple sticky rice.  The 2 small paddies at the end are the purple sticky rice paddies.  The one below the pods will turn purple and very noticeable in the next few weeks, and the other paddy won’t. This is something new to me, I thought that all purple sticky rice plants have purple rice pods.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 104mm, evaluative metering

I wonder who is the thief that’s been sneaking to the rice paddy, I know it is not set for me for sure. I’m too big for this cage. 🙂

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

The tiny frogs don’t look appetizing to the rice paddy owner either, I wonder how big they get but I don’t think they will hang around like this for me to see.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

There’s no mosquito at the rice paddy, you would think it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes since the paddies are filled with sitting water in most area. The dragonflies are the best predators to have around.  They eat mosquitoes and I wish I have them in my garden.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 180mm, cropped, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

This one is called a Common Whitetail dragonfly, they are hard to miss since they are bigger than the normal dragonfly, and the wings are a lot bigger also.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

I wonder if this is a Blue Dasher. I think the white dots on the wings is what throw me off, and I don’t think the Blue Dasher has that. It might be a mixed breed, or perhaps some Blue Dashers have wings like this.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 176mm, evaluative metering

7 thoughts on “Rice Paddy June 17, 2011”

  1. I like your zoom lense:-). It is nice to be able to capture something from far away. I haven’t use my zoom lense 18-200mm since I picked up the 24-70mm L lense.

    1. seeharhed, it’s nice to have a telephoto lens but mine is not the top of the line for this class, it took some getting used to since it’s long and light. Since I have a huge gap in my lens 17-40m and 70-200mm, it’s easy to pick the right one for the shoot.

    1. Hi Scott, it’s always fun for me to visit the rice paddy and the paddy environment is perfect for the frogs, dragonflies and the damselflies. I’m not sure if the frog is fully grown, they were not this mature looking the week before. I hope that they will still be around towards the end of the week.

  2. There’s a creek there? That must make rice farming much easier.

    It looks very serene out there. And it makes a great environment for all the insects – damselflies, dragonflies, and tiny frogs!

    1. Cambree, I saw the PVC pipe but didn’t dare ask them before until now. I just hope none of the factories dump their toxic chemical into the creek, a good thing that we don’t have any dyeing plant nearby. It’s real nice a peaceful out there. It is hard work at the beginning and definitely a labor of love.

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