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September 8, 2004

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Rice harvest was in full swing in August. These pictures are from different rice fields on our trip from Tehran to Astara, near the Azerbaijan Republic border. Once you reach Roodbar, there's enough humidity and water to grow rice. From that point on, you know you're in rice country, from the fragrance in the air. Even the smallest plots of land are planted and the harvest is done manually. Even though it's labor intensive, the work is done by hand to reduce waste. The locals told me a combine would be hard to navigate on the uneven fields this small and it would lose a lot of the grains..Next>>>

Photos by Babak Nassirian
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