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Mansfield {Travel Thursday}

A few years ago I rented two fun lenses and took them with me on a trip to visit Kris’ family in eastern Washington. In these two shots, I’m using a fisheye lens to get the fun distortion and such a great wide-angle view. I love the colors and the fun spin to these shots, and what can be more quintessential eastern Washington than cows and wide open road?!

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Bali {Travel Thursday}

This is the last week that Travel Thursday will feature Bali. Keep an eye out in January for the next locale to be featured, Costa Rica.

Being that Bali is an island, it is inevitable that there are going to be some beautiful beaches. During our time in Sanur, we spent some of each day on the beach, often eating somewhere beach-front for lunch or dinner, and always eating breakfast (banana pancakes, anyone? yum!) on the beach-front patio of our hotel. All of those experiences, however, pale in comparison to the last night we spent in Bali. We headed down to the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoyed a delicious and picture-perfect dinner at their restaurant, PJ’s. We took pictures at sunset before we ate, enjoyed the atmosphere of literally dining on the beach, and talked about our favorite memories from the trip. Traveling with Jan, Jeff and their sweet kids gave me the travel bug, but they also showed me a few other things, one of them being how to end a vacation well!

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Bali {Travel Thursday}

…a few of my favorite random snapshots from Bali…

Oh the monkeys. One day, in Ubud, we went to the Monkey Forest. It’s open, unlike any zoo here, and it’s a forest that the monkeys live in. Because they want to. And people can go visit them, take pictures with them, have them steal your buttons… :)

an offering

beautiful tiered rice paddies

One of the many exotic plants and flowers we saw

and no, I didn’t try them :)

pretty rocks laid in the walkway at a resort

at the entrance to one of our hotels, I believe.

preparing for a procession in Ubud

more of those rice paddies

Tanah Lot, and beautiful temple on top of this rock that is both a huge tourist destination and a holy site with quite the history.

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Bali {Travel Thursday}

One day on our trip we set out to snorkel. Now before this trip, I’d never been snorkeling, and this one day ruined me for snorkeling pretty much anywhere else (hear this Mexico? you paled in comparison.) First, we got on a boat that had stabelizers on each side (think this should have been the first tip-off?) Then we set off to our destination. Little did I know, but our destination was just off to a little island named Nusa Lembongan TWO hours away in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Shut up. Our two hour trip was filled with a lot of picture taking, laughs, and holding on tight as the rain came down and we found out just what those stabilizers are there for!

Here we are waiting for our boat.

Another boat we passed on the way.

So after two hours we finally arrive here…

We settle into our spot, get our snorkel gear, and head out into the water. Jan and Jeff are avid scuba divers, so this was second nature for them. Even the boys jumped happily in, and got to snorkeling. I, a little more warily, got in the water. Confession time. I’ve always been a teensy bit afraid of water that is open like this. When you can’t see what’s around you. So down I go into the water, put on my mask and tube… and stick my head into the water.

and that, my friends, is when I freaked out.

I think I kept it together pretty good, and no one was really paying attention, but what I saw was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. The ocean floor, which looked to be about 50 feet down (I think they said it was a little less, but don’t remember anymore), was covered with the most beautiful, colorful coral. However, what caused me to almost stop breathing was what I COULD see. Fish and sealife, all around me. They were not within touching distance, but water does funny things to our visual perception, and they looked CLOSE. I took a few breaths, got myself under control, and stuck my head back in. After doing that a few times, I calmed down enough to swim around and actually enjoy what I saw. A few minutes later and we were joking around, pointing out different things we saw to each other and truly enjoying ourselves.

We spent about two hours out there, before we started the sun-filled journey back. I didn’t want to leave, and I cannot wait someday to go back.

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Bali {Travel Thursday}

Because I love photographing people, my favorite pictures from Bali are ones of the Balinese people. If I wasn’t already totally smitten with their culture, the way they welcomed us in and treated us so kindly would have been reason enough to want to go back!

This girl and others were practicing their traditional dance one afternoon at our hotel in Sanur, and we asked if we could photograph them. You can see the concentration on her face and the grace in her movements.

Beautiful. and I love the skirts!

I took this at one of the temples we visited. She was carrying a box of offerings on her head. Of course the pink caught my eye.

One of the dancers from a night performance. The attention to detail is magnificent.

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