Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. As I’m writing this, the rain has abated here in Daejeon, but the skies are still an ominous gray. I hear thunder in the distance. I think this is our tenth straight day of cloud and rain. On the plus side the humidity finally dropped yesterday, and I no longer break out in sweat just by simply breathing All this rain has brought back memories of Bali. I love Bali, but the rain, oh the rain. The last time I was there was 2 Christmas’s ago, and it didn’t just rain for an hour or so once daily, but steadily for hours at a time. Anyone who has experienced the rain in Bali knows that it can be like standing in your bathroom shower. However, not every Bali moment has been rainy, and here are some shots that I really love.
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Ladies preparing to give offerings at a temple in Ubud…
I have never been in a country where there are so many opportunities to experience the traditional culture. I think it would be impossible for anyone to go to Bali when the locals aren’t preparing for or participating in a temple function. Travelers are welcome at these events, providing they dress appropriately.
A visit to the Bali Bird Park is always one of my “Must Dos”.
I love the hornbills. This guy seems to be saying…”You don’t say”
Look Ma, no hands!
No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to Ubud’s sacred Monkey Forest. These fellas look serene, but don’t let this photo fool you. They can be very aggressive. I was standing at the entrance one evening with a bottle of water in my hand. One cheeky monkey grabbed the bottle, opened it, and threw it down in disgust when he tasted only water. Maybe he was hoping for rum
Rice Paddy Paridise…
A visit to Ubud’s fertile rice paddies is as easy as opening your hotel room door, and sauntering up the street. Get caught in the rain during your wandering, and you’re guaranteed a slippery adventure!
At the bottom of these many many stairs is a major Hindu temple, with 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). It’s one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments (according to LP).
The day I was there it rained (HARD). That’s why the sky in this photo looks so washed out. (This was just before the downpour.)I think the lushness of the trees and rice paddy on the right makes up for it!
What would Bali be without an awe inspiring sunset?
Bali’s Jimbaran Beach…
Have you been to Bali? Do you leave with a favorite photo or memory?
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This is my 10th post in my personal challenge “Publish a post every second day in August”. If you missed number 9…Bongwonsa Temple