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Re: CABANATUAN | Fields of Memories
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2012, 11:01:26 PM »

Once cut, the crops are piled in one place where a rice tresher lies in wait. The stalks are then fed into the machine which separates the grains from the stalks; the rice grains fall through a container while the stalks fly through the air and into the fields where another farmhand sweeps it into a bulk. The grains are then transferred into rice sacks and loaded into a waiting wooden trailer that’s gonna be pulled by a carabao at the end of the day.

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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2012, 11:02:23 PM »

Watching the cycle of harvest is hypnotic, I used to be out during these times back when I was a kid, watching everything for hours on end in a makeshift hut in the middle of the rice field. There were no handheld games or iPods back then to pass the time, watching my uncles and cousins harvest the land was enough.

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« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2012, 11:04:40 PM »

For four days I tried to capture my childhood memories through my camera, coming back home only after the last light on the horizon faded to black and the stars and moon take over. I walk back through the dirt roads of the farm, the blazing piles of dry rice stalks my only light. My day’s done but I know work still continues on those darkened fields into the deep of the night.

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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2012, 12:02:47 PM »

Afternoons are my favorite time to take a leisurely stroll at the rice fields across our house in Cabanatuan.

Passing through a neighbor’s yard and crossing a makeshift stick bridge, I’m immediately transported from the newly paved road of Buliran to an expansive vista of nothing but rice fields.

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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2012, 12:03:37 PM »

The dirt path runs parallel to the setting sun far west of the horizon. I can count on my single hand the number of times the sun did not impress me during its retreat at the ends of the earth.

Most times, I walk these roads alone. The fields empty except for some cows and carabaos; an occasional human zooming on bikes and tricycles passing through once in a while to break my solitude.

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« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2012, 12:04:17 PM »

The farm’s teeming with activities this last visit, being harvest season. Farmers cutting the heavily hung crops, heavy carabaos lying in wait for their loads, men treshing rice grains and onlookers watching the seasonal reaping with interest.

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« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2012, 12:05:05 PM »

What remains permanent though is the glorious sun. It floats high over the horizon, steady as can be, not wanting to go down and let nature run its course.

But it can’t seem to get past its guards; once it starts to dip, it always escapes in such a quick fashion that I sometimes wish it can be played in slow motion.

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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2012, 12:05:49 PM »

The fields, already golden with the crops are made even more golden as the sun bows. The sky turns from blue to striking yellows. The yellows turn to magentas. And the magentas give way to deep blues until evening finally falls.

The darkness is almost complete if not for the piercing stars overhead. A planet rises on the far horizon, silent thunders light the low clouds.

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I walk back home, looking at the darkened fields and the shining stars, pausing every now and then, thinking, how many more stars would probably come out if I stay a few minutes more, even few hours more.

“The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.”

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Re: CABANATUAN | Fields of Memories
« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2012, 01:22:22 PM »
That was a good read from the best travel photog in this forum. Now I miss my childhood when all that worries me is going back home sun burnt shooting the rapids and swimming the depths of Balincaguin River. My not-so adventurous mother would almost kill for being everywhere but the river. TFS Christian. Cheers!

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« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2012, 01:40:53 PM »
That was a good read from the best travel photog in this forum. Now I miss my childhood when all that worries me is going back home sun burnt shooting the rapids and swimming the depths of Balincaguin River. My not-so adventurous mother would almost kill for being everywhere but the river. TFS Christian. Cheers!

Haha thanks Rawen, my province is not as full of adventure as yours! Maybe you can give us a glimpse naman :)

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Re: CABANATUAN | Fields of Memories
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2012, 09:06:35 AM »
I was very much drawn into the photos and stories. I enjoyed this set mcCoy! TFS!

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« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2012, 11:37:40 AM »
I was very much drawn into the photos and stories. I enjoyed this set mcCoy! TFS!

Salamat sir Jijo! :)

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