Ashepoo River, Ashepoo, Colleton County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
This apparatus is called a trunk. It controls the in and out flow of water between the river and the rice field. It is the heart of tidal irrigation providing the ability to utilize only the freshwater layer over the denser incoming tidal saltwater. Often, when trunks are replaced, hollowed out logs are found nearby. West Africans used logs to control water in mangrove swamps for rice cultivation. The exchange of technology is quite obvious here. –Description from photographer, David Soliday.
A digital photograph depicting a rice trunk along the Ashepoo River. In the foreground, the water reflects the wooden trunk above. A narrow grassy bridge sits between both wooden trunks. The surrounding vegetation is mostly brown and leafless, except for a few trees that bear green or brown leaves.