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17-OCT-2005 Steven Russell


Farmers, most of whom came from the Canary Islands, arrived around 1800 and began cultivating tobacco across the region, which is commonly known as the Vuelta Abajo. Two hundred years later, tobacco is still the lifeblood of the Viñales Valley, which produces 661,000 quintals of it every year. Only the best leaves get sent to Havana, where hundreds of workers called torcedores and anilladores handroll them into cigars. Cuba produces 65 million cigars a year, packed in cedarwood boxes and exported to the entire world.
Growing tobacco calls for patience. Some even say that the plant grows better if you speak to it. Once the seeds are sown (between October and December), the moment to reap and pack is of critical importance, marking all the difference between acidity, sourness or waste-product.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
1/180s f/13.0 at 38.0mm iso200 full exif

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Steven Russell13-Sep-2011 21:23
Well spotted Bob... this is indeed a field of taro, among many fields of tobacco!
Bob B.13-Sep-2011 17:11
This is tarrow, a root crop. This is not tobacco.
Tim van Woensel29-May-2007 13:36
Wonderful sky, the lighting is fantastic!
Della Huff26-May-2007 21:06
Wow, love the light and color in this with the moody sky.
Antje Schulte05-May-2006 08:05
Stunning, it really is...
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