Drying Rice, Northern Vietnam

Drying rice, northern Vietnam

This shot of a woman tending to part of her annual rice crop was taken in the village of Puco, a settlement of about 30 families near the border between Phu Tho and Yen Bai provinces in north-central Vietnam.

Taken six years ago today, it remind me of many things: her modest home, her hospitality, the children she “adopted” so they could attend the primary school located just a couple minutes walk from her house, and the two large tarps that sat just outside of the home’s main entry, covered with rice drying in the midday sun.

It also reminded me that it’s time to finally better organize and process the majority of images from that 2010 visit.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,020th straight, was snapped in northern Vietnam’s Phu Tho province on 19 October 2010.



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  1. paula graham says

    Yea, another and possibly more satisfying way of life; living and giving. An example to the rest of the world , which is not very impressed nor interested.

  2. Brad Nixon says

    A reminder of what a labor-intensive life rice farming is. Not just picturesque scenes of farmers bending over in paddies, but almost endless work. Thanks.

    1. Bob R says

      Glad you liked it; this was a fairly common scene during my drives into rural areas that fall. Some drying spots took over entire lanes on two-lane roads. I’d hate to think what a strong wind –or just a poorly navigated car– could do to someone’s crop.

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