The Floating Gardens of Myanmar

February 02, 2015

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6a01116860210d970c01b7c73f4618970bPhotographer: George Seielstad
Summary Authors: George Seielstad; Jackie Phillips

Unlike most farmers, these men are tending to their crops by boat. It's the only way to travel because their fields are a floating garden in Inle Lake, Myanmar. The gardens are created by capturing water hyacinth and securing it by bamboo poles. These human-created floating islands reach a thickness of 3.2 ft (1 m) - thick enough to stand on. Hyacinth clumps are knitted together, dried and burned. Fine mud from the lake bottom is then added along with vegetable seeds such as tomatoes, onions and beans. Photo taken on November 16, 2014.

Photo details: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-300 mm lens,145 mm focal length, ISO 640, 1/800 sec, f/11