Summer in southern China, August 2008
From top to bottom:
Homo sapiens and Bubalus bubalis – on the last, muddy stretch a very long journey we came upon a mired dump-truck loaded with cinderblocks–a boy and his buffalo chilled in a rice field as the sun set–we went no where for a very long time.
Capra aegagrus hircu: “Guizhou black” breed?
Homo sapiens, Bubalus bubalis and Canis lupus familiaris – this was a particularly awesome posse.
Equus asinus – not visible: “In ancient times there were no donkeys in Guizhou Province. Somebody brought a donkey from somewhere and tied it to a tree at the foot of a mountain. A tiger saw the donkey, and thought that it must be a fearsome monster. It hid behind a tree and spied on the donkey .When the donkey brayed ,the tiger was frightened, thinking that the donkey was about to devour it. After a while ,seeing that the donkey had not moved, the tiger approached it and teased it. The donkey became angry, and kicked the tiger. The tiger thought to itself:”Is that all it is capable of?” It then jumped on the donkey and ate it.”
Bubalus bubalis and concrete shrine – the Anhui buffalos are considerably bulkier than their Guizhou cousins.
Homo sapiens – older kids would invariably turn away when I tried to take their picture, but I got lucky with this young boy.
For even more photos of water buffalo try: on Bubalus.