A statue of a mythological battle scene from the epic Mahabharata
Bali... The mere mention of the name typically has me imagining beaches and the sea. It's been on my wife's "to visit" list forever and we finally made it there with the kids in tow along with my Mum. Not exactly your romantic getaway, but a getaway nonetheless. Before going there, I had a tough time deciding what to bring with me. I knew the D7000 and the Tamron 18-50mm were definitely going with me, but I wasn't sure whether I wanted to have more reach or a wider angle. With weight being foremost in my mind, I opted for the Tokina 11-16mm. I had the SB-600 with me as well just in case. Since we had kids with us. the itinerary was simple:
- stay out of inaccessible places
- make sure the kids had fun
So that meant we were going to give most of the temples a miss since one temple is more or less the same as any other (to kids anyway) as well as some other less child friendly activities such as swimming with dolphins and so on.
What we did visit were a few notable temples (Tirta Empul, temples in the sacred monkey forest and Uluwatu) and Batur volcano apart from some other minor stops here and there.
One thing that you realise is that Hinduism permeates everything in Bali, and none more so than its architecture. All buildings, from small houses to large government buildings bear intricate stone carvings (or these days, moulded cement/concrete). Below is a selection what I thought stood out in terms of scenery from my 3 days there.
As I'm still working out the kinks in some new plugins in WordPress, bear with me as I post all of the images inline. The images are deliberately converted to black and white as I find it removes distractions and allows more of the essence through.
Buddha and Hinduism feature prominently
Royal Club Bali, Sanur