Plant, Wildlife

Rice Paddy August 5, 2011

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This is going into the eleventh week of rice planting, and the aroma of the rice crops are so nice. When I drove by earlier this week, I saw that they started harvesting the mature rice crops already.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 200, focal length 84mm, evaluative metering

It has been so hot and humid, and this weather has made some of the rice pods mature faster. The weather here is not as hot as in Laos but real close and ideal for growing rice crops. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to visit the rice paddy yesterday evening since it was pouring rain in the morning.  I’m actually glad that it did, we needed rain real bad and it was a beautiful sight to see the heavy rain.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 109mm, evaluative metering

Purple sticky rice

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 184mm, evaluative metering

The scarecrow is a great idea as you can imagine flocks of crows coming down to eat the rice crops.

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

I hope she won’t miss her Lacey long sleeves t-shirt.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

And this cute oriental red hat, I’m glad Lee didn’t come with me otherwise she would want to take it home.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I told my co-worker who was harvesting the rice that there is a huge spider and she said she is not afraid.  Actually these spiders are quiet harmless and you can find them in the garden and rice paddy.  I’m actually embarrassed to call this huge since the Australian spiders are a lot bigger, you need to check out truel’s blog post for a giant Aussie spider.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

I think I must have looked like a giant to this little guy.

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

I didn’t see many dragonflies this week, and finally get a clear shot of the green dragonfly.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 122mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

8 thoughts on “Rice Paddy August 5, 2011”

  1. Amazing photographs, Nye and amazing that the rice seems near harvesting. The rice in Korea won’t be ready to harvest for another six weeks.

    Love the close-ups a lot. One of these days I’m going to have to get serious about photography.

    Now, it’s all about writing. I’ve completed 20,000 words of my new novel and still marketing and promoting War Remains. This is the press release for the two categories I have been nominated in:

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/8/prweb8684591.htm

    1. Hi Jeffrey, congrats and thanks for the link. I would love to see you win, one of the best war novels that I have read.

      Learning photography has been one of the best things that I have learned from this blog, and shooting digital is not as expensive as the film days where you have to develop to see the picture. I wish I had started a little earlier, I don’t have many good photos of Lee when she was a baby.

  2. It’s been a pleasure to follow the rice-field here, and i hope you show the rest of the season too :-). I’m really surprised by all the colors of the rice plants! And of the life there – is there not used pesticides? And thanks for linking to “my” spider!!!

    1. Hi truels, you are welcome. I’m freaked out by your spider pictures. I think they use pesticides but probably not consistently. I will try to cover the whole season, and I actually enjoy visiting the paddy.

  3. Summer has really flown by as it’s now August. The rice looks really healthy and abundant.

    Btw, I also found a garden spider I need to share. Not so scary, it’s one with a smiley face. 🙂

    1. Cambree, I think they’ll get a good crop this year, it has been raining a lot also. I like to see your smiley spider, I couldn’t get close enough to see this one. 🙂

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