Water Buffalo

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 18 June 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Water buffaloes are often seen plowing through pieces of farmland all over China. It's a cheap and (to an extent) efficient, so maybe that explains why this animal is so extensively exploited in farming. I'm not sure, but does the buffalo know what it's doing and where it's going? If he does, why is there a need for a farmer to guide it along from behind?

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Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

A wonderful capture and narration, perfect timing! *the farmer and water buffalo are working very hard, hand in hand...well seen. Bravo!

18 Jun 2010 11:03am

@Anne: thanks anne, but not really "hand in hand", lol xD

Madlights from Madison, United States

Very nice photo, and how the diagonal lends to the feeling of movement and power of the Buffalo

18 Jun 2010 3:41pm

@Madlights: thanks madlights (: when i first saw this picture that i took, it just makes me feel that it somehow emphasizes something that the buffalo has, but until now i didn't manage to figure out what. now that you mentioned, it all makes sense (: