Fields of Gold

A Field of Maa Wee Rice, Chilaw, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on

“And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the colour of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
The Little Prince

A paddy field of maa wee, a variant of historic Sri Lankan rice, famous for its distinctively tall stalks which can reach six feet in height. Shot in Chillaw, on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. To find out how this rice is being reintroduced to the island after a century of absence, read my article, Heirlooms Unforgotten, in the March 2016 issue.

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