Tag Archives: Monkey Forest

roots

Roots are often thought of as that which is underground, buried, or the otherwise invisible part of something that is growing–which is perhaps why it was so startling to walk through the sacred monkey forest in Ubud (Bali) and look up to see this image. The light was softly filtered, coming down through the canopy of trees–both soaring heavenward and plunging toward the earth.

Hanging tree roots, sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali (Indonesia).
© 2012 erin dunigan

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joy

This image is from Bali. We were in Ubud, and could not enter the temple area in the monkey forest because the women were preparing for a ceremony and festival to welcome the new moon. As I stood outside the wrought iron gate and watched the women prepare the woven offerings, I was drawn in by this woman. She had a presence about her that intrigued me. As I watched, she began to speak with one of the other woman and in so doing broke into this beautiful smile.