How Green Is Thy Bali? A Photo Essay

Because Bali is so ridiculously beautiful, there are a lot of photos that didn’t make it into my previous posts. Here is a sampling of some of my favorites…

100 Shades of Green

A Crayola box wouldn’t do Bali justice as it’s green upon green upon green. Getting lost in its myriad of rice paddies was one of my favorite activities.

Rice field "road"

 

Working the rice fields
Rolling green hills
Kite flying in a rice field

Super green rice

People and Customs

The Balinese holiday of Galungan took place while I was in Ubud. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and a welcoming of ancestral spirits home. Giant, bamboo penjores line the streets offering thanks to the Gods. The penjores are covered in coconut leaves and droop gracefully like old street lamps. Locals often return to their hometowns and visit temples with their families during this time. Ngelawang is a ceremony performed during Galungan in which a barong, a cat/lion puppet head, is paraded down the streets by a group of children. The purpose is to drive out evil spirits, and in exchange, the “dance troupe” accepts donations.

Bamboo delivery for Galungan

Bamboo delivery for Galungan

 

Penjores lining the street

Penjores lining the street

Penjores in Ubud

Kids parading with the barong

Kids parading with the barong

Preparing for festvities at Sunarta House

Preparing for festivities at Sunarta House

Locals celebrating Galungan

Locals celebrating Galungan

And then there’s Laura and me… celebrating with food. As per usual.

Laura and me at Bridges Restaurant

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