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Fall Harvest, 2013


A crinkled mountain range gives way to the steep plunge of foothills in this satellite image of Kazakhstan. Although you won’t see typical autumn colors, this image was taken during the fall harvest. The bare patches show already-harvested fields. Others are dark green with pasture grasses or ripening crops. Farmers in this region design their fields to take advantage of rain flowing down hills, allowing the natural shape of the land to channel water to crops. The effect is a mosaic of green and tan, like a woodcut or a Cubist deconstruction of everyday shapes.

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