From the lens: China Mountain Harvest

Last year, at this time, I journeyed to the mountains of China.  After days working my way to Yunnan province, working with tea farmers, I decided to journey to a more remote area, less accessible, where traditional agriculture was older.  Ironically, much farther from a road network in hills in the mountain shadows of Jade Dragon and Haba Snow Mountain , I found farmers working organically along an old trade route, known as the Tea Horse Road.  This old trade route, that links Tibet with China, helped the region trade their prized tea with equally prized Tibetan horses, ridden by warriors.  Foot and horse traffic is still the only way to navigate portions of this trade route, and I stayed with Tibetan families for some days, drinking tea at night, and capturing the agriculture landscape by day.  The images are not dissimilar from traditional agricultural activities in our own mountain shadows where we farm in our valley. 

As part of this project, I went on assignment for the Rainforest Alliance to make a film about the people who grow the tea that traveled this tea trade route.

Friday Photo: Unwrapping Corn

This Friday, we join Amanda Soule in the tradition of {this moment}.  As she describes it: "A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see." 

Details: Bumblebee

The big-picture view of the garden is stunning, and we often pause at the gate to take it all in. But there's something special in the close-in details too, which are often found as surprises--like when checking the ripeness of sunflower heads reveals a sleepy, slow-moving bumblebee still curled into the fold of petals.  

The morning garden check found this bumblebee slowly beginning to wake and warm after a night hidden in the sunflower head.  Photo:  Mary Bricker