Tag Archives: Ubud

canang sari (offering baskets)

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.


 

canang sari, Ubud (Bali)
© 2012 erin dunigan

 

offering beauty

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?

beauty, Ubud (Bali)
© 2012 erin dunigan

perspective

This image is simply from a walk down the street in Ubud (Bali). I noticed the mask and then saw the woman carrying her burden in the distance. The timing of it was lucky–and sufficient to frame this shot, which is clearly ‘focused’ on the foreground, but which invites a longer look.

along the street, Ubud (Bali)
© 2012 erin dunigan

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

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.