Last fall, while traveling throughout India, I hoped to happen upon a woman in a colorful sari working in the lush green of a rice paddy. It did not happen. This spring, on a return trip, wheat was being harvested and I began to wistfully search for a red sari in one of the amazingly beautiful wheat fields we passed. My travel companions even joked about me buying a red sari and stashing it in our gear. The day I saw this lady in the field, I practically yelled at our driver to stop.
Although we were not able to stop long enough to find out this woman’s name or story, I was captivated by the sheer beauty of what I had pre-visualized. Maybe next trip I will find the perfect rice paddy and have more time to get the full story.
India is the world’s second largest producer of wheat, and this year is expecting a record harvest.
Photograph copyright Gary S. Chapman
(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @ 200mm, 1/1250 sec, f2.8, ISO 100)