A few weeks ago, a friend of ours, got a little behind in his rice planting. This man has been a great friend of ours over the last few years. He’s helped us out in a number of ways. He needed some help and we were glad to return the favor. So, one cold rainy day in April, my daughters and a number of their friends jumped in and went to work in the rice fields.
Most of the planting is done with a tractor. In a past article, (TaiwaneseTraditions: The Planting and Growing of Rice:
2011) I described the vehicle and process
of rice planting. What I didn’t mention
in that article is that there are areas in the rice paddies, odd-shaped spaces
where a tractor cannot go. I guess we
would call these “The Final Frontier.”
Well, maybe not, but the idea is that in order to maximize the crop
yield, these odd-shaped spaces must be filled with rice seedlings. If the tractor can’t go there, then they have
to be planted by hand.
I think rice fields are beautiful. As the rice grows and fills in the spaces between seedlings there s something about them that just appeals to my sense of the beautiful. They look like a perfectly manicured lawn. All the grass, rice is a grass is at the same height. It waves in the breeze, like ripples across a pond. The color is a beautiful emerald green. My family thinks I’m nuts, but I just appreciate the beauty in farmland, I guess.
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