I photographed an intro to tea class at the oxbow marketplace in napa for the newspaper a couple of months ago. i would, someday, love to go to china to photograph the tea farmers during harvest. it just seems so beautiful. whole leaf tea is what my mother and grandmother always drank. esp. my grandmother who came from the guangdong region of southern china. and this afternoon i went to my first tea tasting in berkeley, called teance. its amazing that for centuries asian countries, including india, have been drinking incredible teas while the rest drink the crap out of lipton and the like. it is like drinking a 2 buck chuck rather then a 20 bottle of wine. good tea is like good health.