It doesn’t take long, in Bali, to come across a ‘canang sari‘ or offering basket. They are everywhere. It is said that these offerings are a way of giving back what has been given…a recognition that what we have is gift, and that the appropriate response is, in return, gift.
This shot was also one that I just happened to walk by, while strolling down the street in Ubud (Bali). It was early morning, so the flowers were fresh, floating on the small pond. What caught my attention was the sheer beauty of the composition. What hadn’t even occurred to me, until one who was with us mentioned it — “Wow, that’s pretty time consuming. I’m not sure I get that.”
Of course it was time consuming, now that he pointed it out. But even more beautiful because of it’s complete lack of usefulness, other than to provide beauty, no?
In early February I attended a pastors’ retreat at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California. These are a selection of images from the gardens set to the song ‘Breathe Beauty’ by the Basics and sung by Kelly Colbert.