Bali, Indonesia “Family Outing“ …And we’re back! … and we’re gone again! A New Host: After some weeks, the Photo Tourist has returned from internet limbo. We have transitioned to a new web host, and the site is back up and running. A couple months ago and for several reasons, I became dissatisfied with my [...]
(photos of hair fruit and snake fruit at roadside stands in Bali.) At each food stand, Nancy enthusiastically bubbled out of the car to investigate what new might be found. First, she found the hair fruit. We found “snake fruit” later in the day.
(HDR image of the Buddhist stupa at the top of the Bramavihara-Arama Temple, near Banjar, Bali.) The Bramavihara-Arama Buddhist Temple is the religious site to visit in northern Bali; so, we went. The temple is vertical, with grounds, gardens, and shrines on several levels. At the top I emerged at an enormous open space, with wide lawns and seating steps set amongst manicured gardens, leading across a broad stepped field to this impressive stone stupa. The spiritualist in me reveled in the quiet majesty.
(HDR landscape shot of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia.) The bottom of the ancient volcano, now verdant and dotted with houses and villages, falls away to the new volcano, Mount Batur and its nearby lake. Beyond the lake is Bali’s tallest mountain, Mount Agung.
The Ulun Danu has a walled center precinct that is normally closed to the public, as it is actively in use as a Hindu temple. There are a number of attractive and active shrines scattered in the gardens. The two, multi-tiered shrines that are actually in Lake Bratan form what is are probably the most recognizable and often photographed sight on Bali.