Friday, November 23, 2012

Tobacco Plantation, Vinales, Cuba

In the far Western part of Cuba is the town of Vinales in the province of Pinar del Rio. This region is noted for its tobacco growing, and Vinales is a pleasant little town, spruced up for tourists who used to drive straight through. We visited a working tobacco farm, saw a demonstration of rolling a cigar, and had a cup of strong coffee in the house on the property. The top photograph shows the family living there taking a mid-day rest. The middle photo is of a Guajiro, or Cuban peasant farmer, who gives the demonstarations. Bottom, the owner's pride and joy sitting in the driveway of his house. We drove back to the hotel , barely beating a torrential lightning, thunder, and rain storm. We sat and drank mojitos in the hotel bar and waited out the deluge. All photographs taken with the Sony NEX 7 and Tamron 18-200 lens.

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