I had the opportunity to work with LEHO a non-profit based in Leh documenting the Apricot Harvest and the building of various structures for drying apricots in the summer and growing vegetables in the winter. Takmachik is a beautiful village along the Indus river about 5 hours from Leh via local bus.

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Originally from the flat lands of the Midwest, Emily has journeyed far from home connecting with cultures and perspectives from around the world. As a National Geographic Travel contributor Emily views photography as a means to inquire into the human experience and our relationship to the lands we inhabit. Currently Emily splits her time between Nepal and California collaborating with like minded clients while working on personal projects.

46 thoughts on “APRICOT HARVEST”

  1. I am from ladakh and have eaten loads of these but never really made a conscious effort to know the process of it. So it was nice to see . And by the way amazing photos

  2. Lisette Defoe says:

    Oh, man!! I looove Apricots!!! I’d fill baskets and my stomach too!!

  3. Thanks for a glimpse of this village and a look at the apricot harvest. Love apricots. Never realized the work and time involved.

  4. Delighted to have found your beautifully illustrated blog Emily. Lots for me to explore. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

  5. Fabulous pictures. They remind me of one summer I traveled to Kinnaur and Spiti ten years back. Spiti is another Tibetan area in India at very high altitude, I suppose very similar to Ladakh, although I have not been to Ladakh . The roofs were full of apricot let to dry and orangy carpets peppered my memories. The fresh ones were delicious, but when they let me try some dried ones, oh they were so hard , ha, I did not know what to do with them.. wonderful trip it was.

  6. I use to teach a history class about Africa and Asia. It was the best teaching experience I ever had. Loved learning about the people, their culture and customs. You are so fortunate. Wish I were still teaching so that I might be able to share these wonderful pictures with my students.

  7. Omg.. They looking so damn beautiful… Wonderful pictures.. Great job by u dear.. Hats off to yr vision n good luck for your future..πŸ’

  8. These pics are amazing. So much work going into the fruit harvest. Something we don’t really think too much about when we eat it!

  9. Reblogged this on GrowHort – Grow your Horticultural Knowledege and commented:
    Apricots ripening on our south facing kitchen garden wall grabbed my imagination, my inquisitive nature took over as I just had to discover how Apricots are grown, harvested and dried elsewhere. This great photographic journey helped me kick start my research, leaving me with a desire to find out even more. re-blogged so you can share my interest and join me on my voyage of discovery.

    • thanks for reblogging! There will be more food and farming to come! In India and looking into documenting fair trade.

  10. Great photographs (re-blogged) We harvested over 30kg from one tree this year and after seeing your wonderful pictures, I cannot wait to find out more about Apricot harvests internationally.

    • Wow! 30kg is a lot! Where are you located? Apricots are huge in northern India/Ladakh and the livelihood for many farmers in Ladakh.

      • I manage an Estate with a large walled kitchen garden. The single Apricot fan trained tree in question is just a few years old and on a south facing red brick wall in the Ayots, Hertfordshire

  11. whippelixir says:

    Simply stunning. I have sometimes wondered what paper, harvesting look like. You’ve perfectly presented an example. Thanks.

  12. oh how touching is this. something poignant about these images – some that are funny, and others simply poignant. thank you for sharing your experience.
    and congrats belatedly on being freshly pressed!

  13. Hi Emily – thank you for photo-documenting what appears to be a very ancient practice of food-preserving. It looks like a tremendous amount of work requiring a lot of people to manage the abundant amounts of apricots.

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