The End of the Harvest in Bhutan
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you as we shelter in place.
June 20th, 2020
Today we’re visiting a village in Bhutan called Teoprongchu centered between Thimphu, Punakha and the Phobjikha Valley. The landscape tapers across the plain in a series of terraced rice fields leading down to the Puna Tsang River.
It’s the end of the harvest, with the rice fields trimmed down and the stalks stacked neatly in circular forms. A few large disheveled piles remain for the three women here finishing up their work. An armful of cut stalks are gathered into a bunch, then held overhead and hit repeatedly against a stone on the ground to release the grain. The force and motion of this technique surely makes for a strong but aching back.
The grain is collected on large tarps sitting in the sun, waiting to be bagged up for storage or sale. The dried stalks will feed the livestock through the winter. The valley is a picture of tidiness with the growing season complete and the dry terraces ready for cold weather.
Walking though the village, Kinga takes us inside the home of a local woman he knows. A skillet and a pot fit on two fire pits formed from dried mud. The fire burns from the end of a log and a basket of grain sits to her side. She’s toasting rice to make candy for her children as the afternoon light pours in through the wooden window frame.
See you tomorrow for our last stop at Tiger’s Nest.