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Photo of the Day – Thirsty Monkey – Bali, IndonesiaWhen was the last time you saw a monkey break into someone’s purse, rip out a bottle of water, swiftly spin off the plastic cap and chug every last drop water in a matter of seconds? These little mischievous criminals put on quite the spectacle at entrances to many of the popular tourist sites in Bali.
It’s all fun and games at the moment, but I fear that someday they will learn the value of my iPhone and snap it right out of my hand and take it up into the trees. I’m guessing they’d place a call shortly thereafter with a ransom demand for a truckload of bananas!
Photo of the Day – Balinese Jungle Warrior – Monkey Sanctuary – Bali, IndonesiaDeep inside the Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Monkey Sanctuary in Bali we stumbled upon this incredible man standing frozen on the jungle floor. What was once a mighty warrior in a previous life, is now just a stone statue watching over the curious monkeys.
Photo of the Day – Balinese Temple Face – Bali, IndonesiaEvery time I look at this photo I think of those old Budweiser commercials that said “Whhaazzzzuuuppppppp?!” However, I do know that this carved face at this Balinese temple means quite a bit more. These faces are somewhat common in Bali and adorn many statues and building.
Photo of the Day – Native Rice Drying – Bali, IndonesiaBali is very well known for its expansive rice fields and surreal rice terraces that cover the large Indonesian island. We came across this elderly native drying grains of rice next to a large field while traveling to the northern end of the island.
Photo of the Day – The Cliff Temple – Uluwatu Temple – Bali, IndonesiaUluwatu is one of the most famous temples in Bali and this picture shows you one of the major reasons why. Sitting high above the Indian Ocean this temple certainly gives off the ultimate spiritual aura as you are nearly forced to become one with nature. Looking out from the temple itself you won’t see any land for nearly 300 degrees making your outlook on life that much more simple.
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Photo of the Day – Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana – Monkey Sanctuary – Bali, IndonesiaTwo years ago I was happily exploring the beautiful island of Bali with my Dad and Will. With a strong recommendation from my cousin back in Chicago, we decided to add the Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Monkey Sanctuary to our long list of spots to explore. What a mouth full!
The monkeys in the park were certainly used to and prepared for visitors who all entered the sanctuary with the bananas they were sold by the locals back in the parking lot. Rather than waiting for the tourists to slowly exhaust their animal feed, the monkeys went to extremes to speed up the process. Within minutes we witnessed several tourists with monkeys on their backs and even monkeys opening up their bags looking for bananas.
After the feeding circus, things calmed down in the back of the park. We spotted a monkey at the spa getting the full treatment!
Photo of the Day – Volcanic Rice – Mount Agung Volcano – Bali, IndonesiaBali is such a contradictory place. Parts of the island are crowded, polluted and very chaotic – qualities that are a consequence of cramming 4,000,000 people on an island half the size of Puerto Rico. Away from the hundreds of thousands of scooters and noise, however, you can find some of the most idyllic and serene scenes on the planet.
In 2010 I walked deep into a rice paddy with Will and my father, searching for the beauty that oftentimes seemed non existent on the island. Not only did we find endless fields of lush rice growing, but in the distant background the largest volcano on the island showed its face. At last – the reason we flew thousands of miles to this remote island.
Photo of the Day – Tegallalang Rice Terraces – Bali, IndonesiaAs we drove through Central Bali, we were guided towards these rice terraces of the side of the road that were absolutely picture perfect (if I do say so myself!). The terraces which provide a beautiful harmony of nature and man are just the type you “expect” to see, but are somewhat hard to find.
With such a beautiful scene, you would think snapping a picture of this would be easy. Although taking this picture was not overly difficult, I did find that adding some contrast aided in making the terraces ‘pop’. Due to the incredible amount of green in this picture, the blacks and whites in the photo which ultimately divide the terraces needed to be enhanced.
With that said, go check these out for yourself, they’re simply amazing!
Photo of the Day – Carrying Groceries in Bali – Bali, IndonesiaI took this photo out the window of our rental car as we cruised through what I remember to be a very calm part of a small town in central Bali. This woman seemed to be going about her regular day’s business by carrying several items in a large bowl on her head. Another item that really captures my eye in this photograph is the brilliant red background!
One quick tip for those of you shooting with a Nikon VR lens or other lenses with vibration reduction assistance technologies. You will typically want to shoot with the vibration reduction setting on ‘Normal’. This setting is the proper setting if you are taking pictures while standing still. However, if you are moving, as I was when I shot this photo from a moving car, it is critical that you switch the VR mode to ‘Active’. By making this switch, the VR sensor will continuously compensate for vibrations that are happening due to your movement. IF you ever wondered why all of your pictures from a car had a slight blur, this is perhaps one of the reasons.