Floating Tomato Islands

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Inle Lake, Myanmar?This vast lake, which is 14 miles long in the center ofMyanmar, is home to 80,000 people, half of whom live in the lake itself. They fish, farm and go to school, living in stilt houses and getting around by canoe. Tomatoes are their main crop.

To grow them, they scoop up mud from the lake bottom and mix it with seaweed to create floating islands. Then they insert long slender poles into the islands and train the tomatoes to grow between them.

Floating tomato islands.













Many small communities are have temples. There's even a monastery here with trained cats called the Jumping Cat Monastery. Many years ago, the monks trained a few cats to jump through a hoop. That tradition continues. For the price of a piece of shrimp, cats will leap through a small ring. 

Shades of sundown inKey West!