The Life-Giving Greens

This week’s photo challenge made me appreciate life more through the color green.  As I scramble my album and took some photos over the weekend to capture the greens around me, I saw and realized more.

Nature shows the most extravagant spectrum of the color green. It’s outstanding hues is relaxing and its shades refreshing.  It is so vivid that it invoked my soul to thanksgiving for it is the color of life that sustains me, my family and the country.   The Philippines with its 7,107 islands is an archipelago of greens with ample sunlight throughout the year and just enough rain to sustain its fields, the country is blessed with all the life-sustaining greens.

The green rice fields signify that soon our staple food will be ready for harvest.  The rice fields abound from the lowlands to the mountain ranges.  It is the food that sustain millions of Filipinos from generations to generations, from one island to the other.

Rice grains taken from the country’s rice granary, the Province of Nueva Ecija

This rice field carved from a mountain slope in Sagada. The entire province sits atop the Philippines’ most mountainous, the Mountain Province.

The lack of plain flat fields in the Cordillera mountain region of the country was not a hindrance for the indigenous people to grow their rice. They carved these terraces for rice planting. These terraces are known are more than 2,000 years old.

The volcanic soil of the Philippines gives the people bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables.  The nourishment keeps the people of the islands happy, exuberant and thankful for nature has bestowed upon it the greens of life.

Mango fruit from the country is one of the sweetest in the world. Though out of season, this mango tree shows promising mango fruits in the next few weeks.

These jack fruits of yellow-green color from the province of Davao in the island of Mindanao are almost ripe for the picking.

Green eggplants from a friend’s farm in La Union province.  Eggplant is an ingredient of one of the country’s all-time favorite vegetable medley, the “Pinakbet”.

This farm on top of Mount Cabuyao grows broccoli, lettuce and cabbage among others is one of the major sources of fresh vegetable in the country. The farm’s altitude of more than 7,000 feet above sea-level provides an excellent condition for these greens to grow.

The color green also makes for a great scenery in the country’s favorite top tourist destinations.  The color represents cleanliness, freshness and vigor which is exactly what people need in search for a refreshing place to sooth the aches caused by the stresses of the city life. In return, a great source of income for the local community.

The hedge rows in Batanes made the already spectacular scenery of the island more stunning. The farmers use hedge rows as dividers for their farms.

The Chocolate Hills in the island of Bohol turn green during the rainy seasons and brown (chocolate) every summer. The stunning views of the hills scattered as far as the eye can see invites tourists from all over the world, an income generating source for the people.

The Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio, my home is a mountain resort town situated 5,000 feet above sea-level is green all throughout.

The color green is important, it is the color of life.  The main source of oxygen, the air that we breathe are from the greens that surround us.  Though they are natural and does not need human intervention for them to grow.  Our responsibility is to make sure that these greens stay for us to live another day with beautiful grins on our faces.

My house with red roof amidst all the greens.  A splash of other colors is not that bad after all.

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