Farmer with carabao and plow

plowing rice fieldFarmer and carabao with mud rake preparing rice field   video

Rice farming fascinates me so I had to pull over and take a few pictures when I noticed this farmer and his caribao preparing the field for planting.

My pocket camera is good for taking youtube videos and candid day to day pictures for this site but it kind of let me down today – the pictures are just too fuzzy.

plowing rice fieldI have a new Cannon SLR that I hope to start using soon and upgrade the pictures for this site but it will probably take a while to get the feel for it.

One advantage to the pocket cameras is that they are not intimidating. When you haul out a bazooka model with telephoto lens people might be more reluctant to be photographed.

rice filds

It’s probably a trade off but I am not really happy with the way these pics turned out.

They seemed to washed out in the middle and the AWB white balance seems to be stuck on and am having trouble to get it back to the default setting.

Oh well…

I did put together a youtube video of this guy and there is no video function on my new camera so at least that was a plus.

Carabao video

rice farmer in orange shirtThe farmer in the orange shirt is using a single plow (arado – Waray)  (araro – Tagalog).

Nag arado or nag araro means plowing.

Another advantage of using a telephoto lens is that you don’t have to actually walk out there in the mud to get your shot.

I don’t mind kicking off my shoes and rolling up my pants and joining the farmer.

They seem to get a kick out of a foreigner walking out there in the mud – usually the dikes have just been rebuilt with fresh mud so you can’t yet walk on them without causing damage.

rice farmer and carabaoIf it is really muddy it might be best to get down to shorts because the mud will rise above the knees.

rice fieldI try to be considerate and not cause any problems for the farmer but the carabao might get nervous when an outsider is in the field.

In this video with the farmer in the orange shirt you can see the carabao stop to sniff my backpack and helmet that was at the edge of the rice filed.

Usually I am not to paranoid about that stuff and could leave it with my bike but I was just coming back from the airport and had tickets and passport and other hard to replace papers in there.

cooling down the carabaoI did ride one of these carabao before but the beast was clearly not too into having a foreigner on it’s back.

I am told it is because the locals are the same color as the caribao but the caraboa just doesn’t think it looks right with a white guy up there.

plowing rice fields


Jun 23, 2010

3 responses to “Farmer with carabao and plow”

  1. allow me to extend my gratitude of thanks to you. taking pictures for farmers is one of appreciating and paying tribute to farmers. but sad thing today is that farmers are now decreasing its numbers because of immigration.

  2. this is not actually a comment , i just want to share my admiration to this fantastic animal,…..carabao,….a symbolic and signifies my life today…where my parents have resource all the earnings to support us for food , basic needs and education….. not failing our parents dream..we;re standing here as proffessionals….one time ive thank my father for all of these….he replied…yes my son, but be more thankful to ‘carlo’ (our carabao’s name).,he has done more hardship than me. he said….when carlo retired from the farm because of age, my father didnt sell it nor slaughtered…he just let carlo grow older enjoying his retirement till it dies…buried in descent way like father shed tears, being his farm partner for almost 3 decades….i would say now that carabaos are untold heroes much more likely human….

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