(EXTRA) ORDINARY: PREPARING THE PADDY

PrepPaddy 4524 E-SM

Even for the Balinese, preparing the rice paddy–something that happens most days somewhere on the island–holds an extra-ordinary sense of the ordinary becoming more than ordinary, something close to spiritual.

But today, maybe it’s that a motorized plow has replaced the water buffalo, and is now simply extraordinary. What appears extraordinary to me is that straw hats are more and more being replaced by sun hats and ballcaps. Extraordinarily sad for the photographing traveler.

If you read my last post, in which I mentioned rats in my bathroom in Bali, you might want to take a look at this EXTRAORDINARY feature on YouTube.   RATS IN THE BATHROOM 

You can find other entries to DP Photo Challenge here: (Extra)ordinary

You can find other entries to Lucile’s Photo Rehab here:  Photo Rehab

98 comments

    • Yeah, the motor is…well, a motor. And big. And fairly loud, but you are in a vast rice field that soaks up the noise or blows it away. Still, it’s not a buffalo. And although the motor plow is interesting, the buffalo is a much better photo. Yet, perhaps a little slower at doing the job….which would make it much more peaceful with him.

      Like

  1. Yes the traveler will see a much different world in the next decade. When we were in Peru the older generation were often in the fields in traditional dress but never the young adults unless for photo purposes. It made me glad I had come to visit now rather than later.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. It just doesn’t look so romantic without the water buffaloes and of course the hats too. But extraordinary how times are changing. Youtube never ceases to amaze and astound me. Is there any thing that hasn’t been youtubed?

    Like

  3. If this wasn’t so adorable, I would have been totally freaked out. The rat on the little raft, those little feet paddling madly–too cute! Rats in my toilet–not so much.

    Like

  4. You’ve managed to link the ideas of ordinary/extraordinary and the inevitability of change in that one photo which, by the way, is so excellent and beautiful. I love the distant reflection of the grasses in the water and the old and the new in two foreground layers of the picture. Too scared to watch the video …!

    Like

    • Yeah…you are too timid to see such things as mice in your toilet! I’m glad you like the shot. When I took it, I had mostly the three guys in mind…as foreground for the field.
      I dare you to watch the video!

      Liked by 1 person

      • A dare?! I guess if I can climb Huayna Picchu, I can watch a rat video … and I did. Not so bad at all – I was expecting multiple scenes of people screaming as rats emerged from their toilets, but the measured scientific voice managed to tamp down any hysteria on my part!

        Like

  5. Great entry! I love paddy field – and you know, there are plenty rats as well there. Indonesians called it tikus sawah.
    Oh jeez, I saw the video – thank you, I am impressed by the rats – they are good swimmers too 😀

    Like

      • Morning! 🙂 Sun’s still trying to get out of bed here. I do say ‘no rules’ and I wouldn’t spurn you, but I do prefer a bit of to and fro. Added to which, there are already quite a lot of posts added this week. If there are too many I worry that people can’t spare the time to visit everyone. Did you get any new visitors from mine last time?

        Like

  6. Two thoughts:
    I can imagine that preparing a rice paddy (or any garden) has always been a spiritual experience, until technology made it more mundane at the want of a new generation. But as an onlooker, it is easy for me to say that.

    Second thought… great vid on our little Rattus friends. Not so random fact: Fossil record dates back to the Paleocene on the supercontinent of Laurasia.

    Like

    • Yeah…getting your hands and feet in the dirt just has to “ground” a person, move you toward a spiritual place, I’d agree.
      Rats: yikes! So they’ll probably right here with the ants and cockroaches when humans are gone!

      Like

  7. Wonderful photo, Badfish and extraordinary transformation. I guess that as much as us, tourists, would like to see things just as they were, these people have to make their living and compete with others, who are better equipped than they are. Reality’s trade off is most often not reasonable.
    And now this video…even though it is about rats, I liked it so much. Is there one for geckos?

    Like

  8. To them, the caps probably seem cool because they’re extraordinary, while the hats they’ve always had are simply ordinary. The old things we might think are so interesting are often things that were hard to use and not particularly efficient, so those who used them are probably glad for the new and “better.” Point of view has a lot to do with it, doesn’t it?

    janet

    Like

  9. No, gracias, I’m not going to check out these rats. But the mention of hats has reminded me of this story, which happened not on Bali at all (maybe in Vietnam?). A (Slovenian) friend was cycling around with his friend and they were in awe of the locals and their wide hats. They wished a couple for themselves and got some. When they were wearing them cycling around, they were getting really lots of laughter and snickering their way. They thought foreigners and all. Until a kind soul explained to them that instead of buying a hat they managed to acquire a pair of rice sieves.

    😀

    Like

  10. Hey bf! hope this comment finds you well – and this post really caught my eye because I have a map hanging (just put it up last month) and it has a worker with a star hat and well, this photo really resonated with me – it seems so calm and hard to imagine the motor – I will be back later to read about the bathroom rats – did you hear about the rat in NYC that carried an entire slice of pizza (or make that pie) down the stairs? Pretty funny

    Like

  11. Aloha Mr. Badfish…
    Evolution seems to go on everyday…despite what people think or want eh? Just wish I could catch up, I seem to be behind in mine! Great photo as usual!

    Like

  12. …OMG that video of the rats is so scary 8-o!!! I’ll have to read into your rat post and check out your story… The photograph is very nice – I see what you mean with the hats… shame! But somewhat inevitable with the western world taking over everything else… It would also be a great entry for the WPC “change” 🙂

    Like

  13. You are right, the changes wrought by progress is extraordinarily sad for tourists. But it must make a world of a difference to locals. No thanks for that link Badfish….I might never go near a toilet again without worrying about lurking surprises beneath the seat! Eww!!

    Like

  14. It is a shame from an aesthetic point of view about the demise of the straw hats. I also wonder about it from a practical point of view. Somehow I imagine straw hats being better at keeping people’s head cool and preventing sunburn. It would be a particular shame if the reason for their disappearance is not even based on practicalities. Maybe baseball caps are just cheaper or easier to wash.

    Like

    • Bun, a shame is right. But I believe it’s worse than you imagine (cheap or easy to wash). I’d like to believe they were more practical, but ballcaps don’t keep the sun off your ears or neck. I believe it’s just that it’s more American, or Western.

      Liked by 1 person

      • I feared as much. Short-term fashion trends are an awful reason for destroying local cultures and customs. Once all the little companies that make such products go out of business and the craftspeople who have the skills die off, it will be to late to bring the traditions back again.

        Like

  15. I’m ambivalent about some cultural changes, like language, but I will miss seeing certain things, like saris and pointy hats, if everything goes Western everywhere.

    Like

    • Oh…that is SOOO true. I love watching them work in the fields. I love the fields. I love to watch them do other things, too, like their celebrations or funerals or how they make coffee.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s