Tilling the Rice Fields in Bali

Tilling the Rice Fields in Bali

Tilling the rice fields in Ubud, Bali

Just outside of the busy city of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia are the rice fields that feed the nation. Rice farmers can be seen in the fields each day planting, weeding, and harvesting the rice which can be in any stage of it’s life cycle, even in the same field.

In this photo farmers use petrol driven plows, looking like giant lawnmowers, to till a muddy rice field. White egrets follow them around, eating the small creatures that are unearthed.

Macaque Monkey in Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Macaque Monkey in Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Monkey on statue in Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali

In the city of Ubud, Bali is the sacred Monkey Forest. The monkeys there are sacred to the Balinese people and visitors are warned to treat them respectfully. The entire area is filled with jungle vegetation—huge trees and long, thick vines, as well as a large number of stone carvings and statues.

Sadly, foreign visitors sometimes foolishly think of the monkeys there as tame, which can lead to problems, including bites. The monkeys in the forest have learned not to be afraid of the visitors to their domain. They are famous for sweeping down out of trees, sometimes in troupes, and grabbing articles out of the visitors hands or off their bodies. The monkeys brazenly grab whatever food unthinking visitors bring in with them as well as hats, scarves, cameras, binoculars, phones, etc.

 Visitors should be advised to enter the Sacred Monkey Forest with nothing that a monkey could grab onto and to enjoy the monkeys at a safe distance. Early morning is the best time to visit the area because the monkeys are quieter then as they haven’t been agitated by crowds.

Stone Serpents Guard Bridge in Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

The Monkey Forest is full of incredible temples, pools, fountains and carved statues. This bridge is high over the river and the serpents are there to protect from evil spirits.

Bathing in the Holy Waters of Tirta Empul

Bathing in the Holy Waters of Tirta Empul

Bathers at Temple Tirta Empul

The temple Tirta Empul is one of Bali’s most revered water temples. Here people with both physical and emotional afflictions can come to make offerings, pray and bathe.

Each of the twelve fountains is dedicated to a specific need and there are posted signs so that folks can locate the correct one.

Tirta Empul Holy Water

This breathtaking, serene pool of holy water emanates from an underground spring and feeds the bathing pools of this water temple.

Gazing into this still pool, you can see the water bubbling up from underneath the sand and see the mass of ferns growing just beneath the surface. It is forbidden for people to enter this holy water. Elsewhere in the temple, this same water flows through fountains into ritual bathing pools.

Balinese Orchid at ARMA Museum in Ubud

Balinese Orchid at ARMA Museum in Ubud

Orchid at ARMA Museum in Ubud, Bali

The Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud, Bali has two large buildings filled with a collection of wonderful paintings by Balinese, Indonesian, and foreign artists. We particularly enjoyed the traditional Balinese art.

The grounds of the museum are equally impressive with huge trees and gardens, statues and fountains. There were so many magnificent orchids growing; we particularly liked the unusual color of the petals on these flowers.

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