Ubud, Bali…

After our first day of lazing at our private villa, we were keen to begin exploring the town of Ubud and the surrounding areas. I particularly wanted to get out and cycle amongst the paddy fields, and to that end Kayumanis Villas provided us with an excellent guide named Agus, and so off we went before the heat of the day began to build. I prefer a simple but padded Lowe Pro rucksack for carrying my gear on this type of adventure, and stripped my kit down to a minimum of body and the 50mm f1.2L and a 24-105 f4 L. There is always going to be that ‘I wish I had another lens with me’ moment, however there is also a certain satisfying discipline in working within the constraints of one or two lenses that makes you look, and then look again at each subject, searching for that perfect image.

Panoramic image of the rice paddy's just outside Ubud... © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Rice paddies outside Ubud; Bali’s mountains can be seen in the background… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Working in Ubud rice paddy...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This lady appears to be preparing an offering to the Gods…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Panoramic image of the rice paddy's just outside Ubud... © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
We cycled along this little track through the local rice paddies, frequently making way for the ubiquitous mopeds carrying the locals about their business… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Local children, Ubud...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Beautiful smiles…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Even with machinery this is hard work in the heat… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Offering to the Gods, Bali, Indonesia - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
If you have ever been to Bali, you will be used to seeing these offerings to the Gods everywhere; some we saw contained McDonald’s fries, some a few cigarettes… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Flower sculpture, Ubud, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Stone Buddha Kayumanis Villa and Spa, Ubud, Bali...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
In prayer… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

After our morning of cycling it was time to head into Ubud (our villa was approximately 10 minutes out of town by car), as we wanted to visit the sacred Monkey Forest sanctuary where the long-tailed macaques roam freely, ready to grab food from the tourists, or indeed anything that piques their interest. Visitors to the Forest do need to exercise caution as the Monkeys can and frequently do bite; Hepatitis B and rabies being potentially a very definitely unwanted parting gift…

Monkey at Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
One of the many monkeys resident at the sacred Monkey Forest. I waited patiently for him to make eye contract… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Feeling dwarfed at Monkey Forest, Ubud… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Monkey at Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Peel me a grape..! … © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Monkey Forest Temple, Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Monkey Forest Temple, Ubud, Bali – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The first image from my previous post was of Tegalalang terrace paddy field, which is located only minutes from Ubud, and was our next destination for the day as I was naturally keen to get some good images. The next shot is another multi row panorama taken as we walked further down into the fields.

Panoramic image of the rice paddy's just outside Ubud... © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Section view panoramic image of the rice paddy’s just outside Ubud… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Reflections in a rice paddy, Ubud...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Rice paddy reflection… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Looking for a meal in the rice paddy…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

In the evening we headed to Swept Away, a restaurant at the nearby Samaya Villas for a quite superb meal; once again the food and service proved to be flawless. As we were being led to our table, I noticed the staff setting up a large number of candles around a spot on the riverbank, whereupon a couple arrived to enjoy a romantic meal away from the rest of the diners.

The Samaya Restaurant, Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
View from the Samaya Villas in Ubud… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Samaya Restaurant, Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
At the Samaya Villas restaurant, which is aptly named Swept Away, it is possible to book a romantic 100 candle dinner on the river bank… although we did not eventually manage to find the time to have such a lavish dinner experience, the food we enjoyed in the restaurant was superb! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The following day we headed back into Ubud and decided to try a long circular walk from the town centre around the local area until we finally came upon Café Pomegranate located in the middle of several rice paddies. Escaping the heat we had several cool drinks with some excellent food while gazing at the beauty surrounding us.

Café Pomegranate, Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
We finally came across this café after a morning walking around the rice paddies, and it certainly did not disappoint. I must say that one of the highlights of Bali was the food, which was quite superb…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Café Pomegranate, Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer2014
Interior of the excellent Café Pomegranate… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Image of the rice paddy's just outside Ubud... © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Rice paddy, Ubud… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 – http://www.michaelevansphotographer 2014
Ubud, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
House in the rice paddy, Ubud Bali – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ubud rice paddy...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Back breaking work in the heat… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

I certainly enjoyed my time in Ubud, and would definitely return; it is interesting to note that while it seems like one small town, it is in fact comprised of 14 separate villages. It is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a quieter holiday, as it most definitely is not a party town. There are many yoga retreats in the area, and while not my thing, combined with the number of artists workshops and craft vendors it does lend a sense of spirituality to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Ubud, Bali…

  1. Bali and Ubud is there at the top of my wish list and this post cemented it’s position 🙂
    It’s so beautiful out there, right? with all these lush green paddy fields and colorful flowers around.
    Beautiful post with incredible images and nice write up 🙂
    Thanks a lot for sharing your experience here, Michael and it’s really been a treat 🙂
    Have a good day….

    1. Hi Sreejith!

      Yes indeed it is beautiful, and I must say the food was so good too!!

      Thanks for your kind comments, perhaps we will meet one day to photograph together, so do let me know if you are ever planning a trip to Aus, and I will do the same as I would love to see your beautiful country? All the very best… Michael

      1. Hello Michael,

        Thank you so much for your kind words, I really mean it 🙂 and I take it as an honor.

        You are always welcome to my home place and do plan a trip when time permits, I can assure you a bag full of incredible images 🙂

        I have my cousins in Sydney and been planning a tour to Australia for a long time, but couldn’t make it yet. Yea, I’ll surely contact you once I land there 🙂

        Sreejith.

      2. Hey Sreejith, if you do manage to head down under to see your cousins, definitely let me know as it would be great to meet you! I think that making friends from all corners of the globe is one of the wonders of blogging, and I would love to share some photography with you.

        All the best my friend,

        Michael

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