Pistachio

Small, bigger, biggest, more, more still

What happens when bounty spills over

Since early April, when the Wall Street Journal published this photo, I kept it in my sights to make sure I wrote about this woman and her beautifully sorted fish. Now that she’s in my queue to write about, I decided to get some context about her life and learned some bad news….

Flooding, natural and unnatural

Beginning June 26, India’s Brahmaputra River, which produces her livelihood, set off a series of floods that began swallowing villages livestock and rice patties, impacting 4,540 villages and 2.5 million residents. By July 9, the floods began to subside, and the death toll was 124.

This grand river is naturally prone to flooding, and apparently the benefits of natural flooding outweighs the bad. I’m not sure the math bears that out, but I can say confidently, for what it’s worth, that there’s flooding and then there’s flooding.The kind of flooding without a human toll or loss of home is the kind agriculture absolutely loves. Flooding keeps low-lying grassland and its wildlife well cared for, and it puts clay, silt, sand and gravel from the river basin onto agricultural land, which enriches the soil like crazy.

I wish the photo service would produce a shot of this woman returned to her vocation, her home restored, her family safe, but it’s not likely, sadly. I offer her a prayer all the same.