National Geographic : 1969 Nov
ANDKODACHROME BY GILBERTM. GROSVENOR(C Asking the blessing of a bounteous crop, farmers of Soka set out young plants before an offering to the rice goddess Dewi Sri. Four more times before harvest they will renew the tribute of eggs, flowers, rice grains, and palm fronds. Solitary wader in a ver dant sea, an egret hunts insects in the paddy (right). In an equatorial land that knows no winter, the maturing of rice-from green sprouts to the gold of ripened grain-gives an index to the season. 684 N.G .S.