Photographer's Note

In the summer of 2004, my 75yo mother spent 6 weeks travelling around China with me and my sister, roughing it.

Many times we got well off the beaten tourist path. This village was a 2hr walk into the mountains on a gravel road and past paddy fields ripe for harvest.

A slight drizzle occasionally fell to cool us. We saw few people on the road.

Two men struggling cheerfully with a large rock slung from a pole. They had carried it along the muddy tracks between the paddies and were trying to get it up the 2m bank to the road. It was to be used to repair a retaining wall on the top side of the road.

And an old man carrying a load of grass on his shoulder pole, who we followed through the ornate gateway to his village.

This is a photo of one of 2 drum towers. They are generally built by the more well-off families. They are constructed of timber and held together with wooden pegs (as are the houses) then richly ornamented and painted with scenes telling stories and flora and fauna. This particular one had a kangaroo on one of the bottom panels.

Drum towers, like the wind and rain bridges and the gloriettes are use for meeting places as they are spacious and much cooler.

I sharpened this scanned photo and added a little warmth to it. The white sky is a haze found over much of China.

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