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Aerial photos reveal the hypnotic geometry of farming

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon


Farming around the globe is big and repetitive. Massive tracts of land are needed to plant crops. The seasonal dance of planting, growing and harvesting food follows a natural timeline and requires a certain organization.

Its scale and order are best appreciated in aerial photos, which bring the neat rows of crops, meticulously terraced hillsildes and other means of cultivation into sharp focus.

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Cranberries prepared for gathering in Minsk, Belarus.
China Daily via Reuters
Newly harvested red chili peppers spread out to dry in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China.
A paddy field in Indonesia’s West Java province.
Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov
Wheat fields during harvesting outside Astana, Kazakhstan.
Reuters/Tim Wimborne
Farmers harvest wheat in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province.
Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke
Workers harvest asparagus at a farm near Beelitz, Germany.
Tourists visit a tulip field in Zhumadian, Henan province, China.
Reuters/Ilya Naymushin
A barley field outside the Siberian village of Talniki in Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia .
Reuters/Pascal Lauener
A snow-covered vineyard in Sion, Switzerland.
Reuters/Ina Fassbender
A harvester cutting corn in Haltern, Germany.
Reuters/China Newsphoto
A rice farming terrace in Guiyang, southwest China.
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A tea farm in Rwanda.
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An asparagus farm in Beelitz, a town in Brandenburg, Germany.
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