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8 November 2011 / leggypeggy

What’s in a Tibetan haystack besides hay? Personality! (15 photos)

Haystacks don't stay on the ground for long in Tibet.

You’d think something as simple as a haystack wouldn’t really catch my attention, but I’m from Nebraska—farm country—and was completely spellbound by the haystacks of the Southern Himalayas—especially because they weren’t simple.

As a Midwesterner, I’m very familiar with real haystacks—they get piled up on the ground or bundled or rolled into bales. But Tibet (and all these photos were taken east of Lhasa) is totally different. And I think I understand why.

Nebraska gets snow, but Tibet gets SNOW. Lots of snow. Serious snow. Deep snow. Unimaginable snow—unless you are from the other places that get unimaginable snow, such as Alaska or Siberia.

Haystacks in these parts can’t lie around on the ground. No, a creative approach is needed. They have to be suspended on poles or hung in trees or perched on rooftops.

These photos were taken, on two consecutive days, toward the end of September and show some of the many ways the Tibetans store their hay for winter. I just wish I could have met and talked to someone who could have explained the processes and tactics used. Without that, my comments are pure, but logical, speculation.

I’d love to hear from you if you have a better idea or actually know more.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos.

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