EAST meet WEST

This scenery I shot in Bali beach when the day of Balinese did a purification ceremony brought all effigies in the temple to the source of water like river, beach, lake or spring. This lady took a sunbathing before standing up and shoot the procession.

Batubolong Temple

One of the best sites to see a sunset with a temple with the hollow as a foreground, Batubolong is a temple on a rock with the hole beneath it, its location is the same area with Tanah Lot temple so for sunset shoot overthere you need to choose Tanah Lot or Batubolong as a foreground of the sunset. This area is good also for slow speed shoot as many volcanic stone on that beach.

Lake of Tamblingan

Considered as the smallest lake in Bali, Beautiful lake at north of Bali, it has an extend 1.9 square kilometers and 90 meters deep, with the elevation of more than 1000 meters above sea level so this area is quite cool and sometimes misty. Near Asah Gobleg village there is a beautiful stop to have a look of this lake and its twin, Buyan lake. The place is ideal for trekking and sunrise shoot as well.

Ricefield

Rice is the staple crop in Bali, Oryza Sativa as its latin name is cultivated throughout the island. No meal is complete without it and no guest can be honourably fed without rice, in Bali, we do wet rice cultivation which is dependent on plentiful supply of water. The dominant feature of Bali lanscape is terraced rice field as the island is not flat caused of the existence of 14 mountains, valleys and deep rivers

Frangipani

Bali has a tropical climate and there are all year round of this flowers. It can be white, red, yellow, pink or mix colours. The flower is very important among Balinese as used on the small offerings “Canang”, a square form of young coconuts leave put inside any kinds of flowers, a slice of sugar cane and leaves as a thanksgiving expression to God. Balinese called frangipani as Jepun, there are “jepun bali” and “jepun jawa”, the wood of jepun bali is prized by woodcarvers for making free – form statues, while “jepun jawa” trunk is softer then the bali one but the “jepun jawa” is the widely distributed, it can be found in every type of environment from the house compound till temple yards. The bali frangipani is in a smaller size then the jawa one. Women thread this flower in their hair, men wear them behind an ear or stuck in “udeng”, a head band.

Canang

Canang is a Balinese language refers to daily offering made of young coconut leaf in square form made by folding the leaf and skewered by bamboo. On this square form leaf we put colorful flowers, “porosan”, a litle dab of lime paste plus  tiny sliver of areca nut wrapped up in betel  leaf and fruits mostly a slice of sugar cane or banana. Stick of incense and water are needed when we offer this thanksgiving expression to God.  As tourists you will see this offering in front of souvenir shops or dashboard of taxi in Bali. Bhagavad Gita (ix:26), one of Hindu holy books says Whosoever offers to me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, that offering of love, of the pure heart I accept.

Marriage

Marriage is the final initiation into the Balinese community. Most Balinese consider it an important social obligation to raise a family and only a married man may become a member of a banjar “community”. A person never marries is looked upon as an oddity; if a man dies a bachelor The Balinese say that in the next life he will feed pigs, a woman task. If a woman dies childless, she is sucked by a giant caterpillar

Buyan Lake

One of the four lakes in Bali, it has an extend 3.9 square kilometers and 87 meters deep. The lake view can be seen from place near Gobleg village while having tea or coffee. People also stop north of the lake for its view and feed long tail monkeys.

Volcano and Lake of Batur

Batur is names of the second highest volcano in Bali 1717 meters and the largest lake 1718 ha, on a normal tour the tourists just admire the view from Kintamani village as there are many restaurants overthere face to volcano to enjoy the scenery. So mostly they are there during lunch time but for photographers this place is a site to see the sunrise to capture Batur volcano and its lake during sunrise. Adventurers will hike up to the top of Batur volcano to enjoy the sunrise as well.

Tirta Empul Temple

The location is in Manukaya Tampaksiring dated back to 962, the temple known as Spring temple cause in the main yard of the temple there is a source of water that always come out from the ground. Then the water flow out to several fountains to out side yard where Balinese and some tourists do the purification.

Taman Ayun

The temple built in 1634 by the founder of Mengwi kingdom, its a clan temple used to worship to God for the ancestor of Mengwi kingdom. Taman means garden while Ayu means beautiful or suitable for every body. The temple is sorrounded by the moat and has three yard. First yard has cockfighting arena, the second yard has wooden bell tower function to convey message that the ceremony is still going on, and the third yard is where all important shrines located. In this temple you need a wide lense to cover all the important shrines.

Tirta Gangga

Royal bathing place for king of Karangasem Bali, built in 1948 by Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, the King of Karangasem eastern part of Bali. The area has a source of water so that the King has idea to built bathing place here.