Photographer's Note

This is a picture I took from the southern province of Fars where wheat is commonly grown in agriculture. I snapped this shot at 2 p.m. in the afternoon during summer time
where daytime temperatures often exceed 40 degress C. To irrigate the fields Water is pumped from underground springs that are too salty to drink because of contamination from salt beds on the surface when it rains in the spring time. Drinkable water is held in specially made wells that are place far away from the salt beds and it usually fills up close to ground level during springtime. Hardly any rainfall comes during the summer season. But instead it begins halfway through winter till the end of spring. Flooding is normal during the spring season and it alway overfloods the whole 3,000 something hectare valley where the high mountains keeps the water an average of 4 feet high throughout spring. The village of bigherd and the city of khonj is protected from the floods because they are both on the bottom slopes of the mountains and they have been there for hundreds of years. Every three years, when the nutrition from the ground is close to exhaustion, the farmers plant the wheat one last time during the summer and irrigate the fields two times throughout the summer. At the end of the summer the fields are delibereately set on fire to bring back the nutrients back to the soil. The farmers wait until next spring before they start planting the wheat all over again.

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