Our second day was an adventure to the Eastern part of the island, where we visited the Water Palace (called Tirta Gangga) and the ancient town of Tenganan
We just get such a kick out of seeing rice being grown and harvested.  I guess it doesn't take much to please us!
There is no fancy technology here!  Just a man, a woman and a brown cow.
Here is what rice looks like when it is growing on its stalk.  Rice workers pile these up, beat them with a stick, and collect each piece of rice by hand when they break off the stalk.  Can you imagine that?
This is one of the most-beautiful gardens that we have ever visited.
These pools, ponds and streams strech out over an exsensive area of temples, gardens and sculptures.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
For amusement, we got some cookies and fed the fish.  Big, fat ones.
Fish Pond
If you are a bit klutzy, I don't recommend that you walk around this part of the garden.
Isn't this something?
You see these everywhere.  I love them!
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
What is very peculiar about Bali and many of the islands around Indonesia is that you get species of animals, insects and other creatures in many different colors.  Have you ever seen a red dragonfly?  We have.  Today.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
I believe that in Bali's Hindu culture, it is important to dress statues...and you see this everywhere in Bali.  Here, we see a guardian to a temple dressed in the familiar red and black checks.  These same checks are used for local security officials (real people).
Is this my hat or my bucket?  I believe, it's both!
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Are you scared of us?  Well, you should be!  I think we both look quite menacing.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
This ancient city goes back thousands of years.  And, it is still inhabited by original blood-lines to the ancient world.  It is also a functioning town, to this very day.
Much if the architecture is intact.  Materials are replaced and updated, as needed, but the look hasnt changed in hundreds of years.
Tenganan - The Ancient City
Tenganan - The Ancient City
Tenganan - The Ancient City
One of the residents made this egg tree.  Oh well, I guess we can just call it art, and move on!
I suppose this beats a petting zoo
Just be careful where you step.  These water buffalo roam freely in the town.
Bali has stunning Balinese art wherever you go.
You would need 100 suitcases to buy everything that you wanted here.
Everything you see is hand-made, the old fashioned way.
You will never see large doorways into towns or buildings in traditional Balinese culture.  In the culture, doorways are meant to be difficult to traverse, forcing one to slow down, concentrate and appreciate.
It may be hard to describe how these paintings are made, but essentially, the artist carves into a piece of smooth wood.  He then brushes a coal-type powder over the carving.  Only the carved out sketch keeps the black color, and the un-carved wood remains clean and clear.
Day 44 - Bali, Indonesia
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Author: Mark and Ralph Around The World (ID: 14182)
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Bali Day 2 - Our Island Adventure
Our second day was an adventure to the Eastern part of the island, where we visited the Water Palace (called Tirta Gangga) and the ancient town of Tenganan
Can't Get Enough of Those Rice Paddies!
We just get such a kick out of seeing rice being grown and harvested. I guess it doesn't take much to please us!
Rice Workers - Hard at Work
There is no fancy technology here! Just a man, a woman and a brown cow.
Ever Seen Rice Before?
Here is what rice looks like when it is growing on its stalk. Rice workers pile these up, beat them with a stick, and collect each piece of rice by hand when they break off the stalk. Can you imagine that?
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
This is one of the most-beautiful gardens that we have ever visited.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
These pools, ponds and streams strech out over an exsensive area of temples, gardens and sculptures.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Feeding Time?
For amusement, we got some cookies and fed the fish. Big, fat ones.
Fish Pond
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
If you are a bit klutzy, I don't recommend that you walk around this part of the garden.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Isn't this something?
Lotus Flower
You see these everywhere. I love them!
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Red Dragonflies
What is very peculiar about Bali and many of the islands around Indonesia is that you get species of animals, insects and other creatures in many different colors. Have you ever seen a red dragonfly? We have. Today.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Temple Guardian
I believe that in Bali's Hindu culture, it is important to dress statues...and you see this everywhere in Bali. Here, we see a guardian to a temple dressed in the familiar red and black checks. These same checks are used for local security officials (real people).
Meeting Real People
Is this my hat or my bucket? I believe, it's both!
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Life Imitates Art
Are you scared of us? Well, you should be! I think we both look quite menacing.
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
The Water Garden - Tirta Gangga
Tenganan - The Ancient City
This ancient city goes back thousands of years. And, it is still inhabited by original blood-lines to the ancient world. It is also a functioning town, to this very day.
Tenganan - The Ancient City
Much if the architecture is intact. Materials are replaced and updated, as needed, but the look hasnt changed in hundreds of years.
Tenganan - The Ancient City
Tenganan - The Ancient City
Tenganan - The Ancient City
The Egg Tree
One of the residents made this egg tree. Oh well, I guess we can just call it art, and move on!
Water Buffalo and Ralph
I suppose this beats a petting zoo
Water Buffalo and Mark
Just be careful where you step. These water buffalo roam freely in the town.
Art Everywhere
Bali has stunning Balinese art wherever you go.
Irresistable
You would need 100 suitcases to buy everything that you wanted here.
Hand Made
Everything you see is hand-made, the old fashioned way.
Never A Large Door
You will never see large doorways into towns or buildings in traditional Balinese culture. In the culture, doorways are meant to be difficult to traverse, forcing one to slow down, concentrate and appreciate.
Hand Made Art
It may be hard to describe how these paintings are made, but essentially, the artist carves into a piece of smooth wood. He then brushes a coal-type powder over the carving. Only the carved out sketch keeps the black color, and the un-carved wood remains clean and clear.
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