On The Way To The Tea Plantations, Kerala, India

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White Latex Drips From The Rubber Tree Slashes, Kerala, southern India

 

On The Way To The Tea Plantations, Kerala, India

 

You don’t always think of tropical trees when you think of rubber; nor do you think of gooey, sappy, slippery stuff.

Most people come to Kerala in the Western Ghats of southern India (a faulted edge that runs up the southwestern edge of India) to do a little house boating and take in an Ayurvedic treatment (the medical side of yoga). You can head to the hills for the tea plantations and stop off at a rubber plantation on the way. The history of rubber production predates the automobile but when those Model A’s started rumbling down the dirt footpaths, folks about the planet they needed something elastic to amble on. Demand for natural rubber climbed in tropical countries like India, still a producer today. Over the years rubber prices have flipped and flopped and right now is on an uptick. So when you slap on those latex gloves think of the drippy white stuff that flows out of trees like maple syrup and hangs on clothes lines in the tropical sun like laundry.

 

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Rubber Drying, Kerala, southern India

 

Indian photography rubber
Rubber Sheets, Kerala, southern India

 

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Dried Rubber After Treatment, Kerala, India

 

 

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Tea Plantation Landscape, Munnar, southern India

 

 

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