ARCHIVE FOR July 2014

The appeal of the Big Blue

25 July 2014
The appeal of the Big Blue

Many of you go green for the summer holidays, surrounded by countryside. I give you plenty of green throughout the year with my blog posts, photos, and fields of tea undulating gently to the horizon. But at this time of year, when we like a change of scenery, I’m offering you blue instead of green, and I’m taking you to the shores of my favourite lake, Inle (Myanmar). I wish you very happy holidays!

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The tea plant that didn’t stop growing

15 July 2014
The tea plant that didn’t stop growing

Due to the harvesting of its leaves, a tea plant does not get bigger; instead its trunk thickens. So a tea field looks more like a bonsai forest. But left unchecked, Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Assamica can grow to a height of several metres. Here is Rudra Sharma, the planter at Poobong in India, in front of one of his wild tea plants.

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Turning our backs on danger

4 July 2014
Turning our backs on danger

On a visit to a Buddhist monastery, I came across this monk sipping a fizzy drink, his back turned on a store of gas bottles. It made me think of the state of the world. We live as if there is no danger, as if it is possible to draw infinitely on the resources of our planet; we let water flow away, we pollute shamelessly, we don’t care about the rubbish contaminating our oceans… We are leaving future generations to deal with the consequences of our actions without considering the risk that one day, our poor, overpopulated, dried out, lifeless planet will explode in our faces.

 

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