Friday, April 16, 2010

Skywatch#27 Meeting of the Sky and the Rice Paddies

Seeing Batad Rice Terraces is like watching the meeting of the blue skies and the green rice paddies. The amphitheater-like rice terraces of Batad have the most stairlike appearance of rice terraces that I have seen so far. A lot of people quite appropriately call them "Stairway to Heaven".

Sadly, because of the El Niño phenomenon heating its way all over the country, the harvest from the rice terraces are in danger of getting destroyed by the unrelenting summer heat. While the rice paddies found in the poblacion of Banaue Rice Terraces are mostly doing well courtesy of their ancient irrigation system, Batad's Rice Terraces' also-ancient irrigation system is suffering from thinning mountain cover exacerbated by the unusual hot days.


The hut on the right on top of the hill is a resting place before tackling the trail going down to Tappiyah Falls. While the smaller thatched-roof huts are the native huts of the Ifugao people.

More pictures of Batad Rice Terraces here.

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Sylvia K April 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

Such a gorgeous place! Would love to visit there! Terrific capture for the day, Marites! Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks as always for your visit/comment! Always appreciated!


Smalltown RN April 16, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

What a beautiful and peaceful place....I would love to spend some time in one of those cottages....

Shoshana April 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

that's beautiful! looks like a wonderful place to just read and drink tea.

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Pat April 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

Spectacular bright green rice paddies! I hope the heat relents soon. We have rice fields here near Sacramento, California, all along the Sacramento River, but it's all flat valley land there. Happy Spring!

Rajesh April 17, 2010 at 3:53 AM  

Beautiful landscape, very scenic

ayamlin April 18, 2010 at 4:22 AM  

Oh, it's beautiful.
we have similar scenery in Japan.
we like rice, too.
Japanese rice is very good.
I want you to try some:)

Kcalpesh April 19, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

Would love to be at this place! It's beautiful, scenic and so inviting! Spectacular shot!

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