A small adventure with my family into the depths of Monkey Forest a centuries old place full of sentient trees, sculptures and a variety of other beings….
Monkeys or monyet in bahasa indonesia are incredibly alert and agile!!
This giant lizard could have been around for millennia gazing down into the steep river ravine.
Perhaps its soulmate…. : )
These are macau monkeys and have populated this area for along time. They are definately tourist savey and one needs to take care!
As the young lad in this picture found out. A monkey came and tried to grab his water bottle so he gave it to his dad but the monkey still got it!!
Grabbed and then opened and emptied by this very clever monyet….. Fortunately it wasn’t the only water bottle to be had and we all had a good laugh!!
And so ends our brief adventure in Monkey Forest Ubud.
There are many reasons to look for alternative ways to get somewhere….in Ubud its not just about avoiding the noise and the speed with which some people travel the crowded main roads. Its because you just never know what you will find down a back lane or a small gang (as they are known in Indonesia) or an even smaller path that really is only for foot traffic but seem to include the odd motorcycle as well…. it is a wonderland to explore …..and here is some of what I’ve found ovsr the last couple of days…..
This is in the middle of central Ubud….
On the side of a steep flight of stone stairs…
Sparkling in the afternoon sun…..
Along a narrow pathway….
In a back lane….
Along a small gang….
How creative is that!
I love this doorway…..it has looked the same, maybe a little more weathered each time I have passed it for years…….
And another of the beautiful tropical forest that continues to survive despite the intrusion of humans into the landscape.
How lucky am I ….it seems that this is the orchid blooming season in Ubud. Since I arrived yesterday I have seen so many incredible blooms. The gardens here are full of what seem to me to be incredibly beautiful flora. And I have to confess I’m in love with their colors, their shapes and variety. Below are some of my finds…..
Aren’t they magnificent……