Harvesting waterlillies for sale by Azim Khan Ronnie

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Hundreds of aquatic water liles are collected by hand from a river in Bangladesh.<br />
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The beautiful plants are the country's national flower, which blooms annualy in almost every body of water.<br />
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The images were captured by Azim Khan Ronnie.  Azim said, "once harvested, the water lilies are transported to local markets to be sold as vegetables.  One set of consists of about two dozen sticks, which sells for just 20 pence.  On average, 1200 sticks can be collected in a single day.  The workers in the boats collect the lilies from 4am to 9am, bunching them up to carry back in their boats."<br />
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