It’s easy to get off the beaten track in Ubud.
Recently Murni and I took two of our guests at Murni’s Houses for a walk on the wild side. It only took five minutes to be in the rice paddies and amongst the coconut and palm trees. It’s on our doorstep.
We got up at 7 am. It was already light and the temperature was wonderfully cool. Wildlife and humans were stirring.
We walked down the slope to the main road, crossed over and we were soon surrounded by a thousand shades of green.
There were people going to work on their bicycles…
and bicycles just waiting for the owners to take them for a spin.
There were geometric shapes:
… and if you looked carefully new life was bursting forth.
Wildflowers add a touch of colour to the overwhelming green backdrop.
Works of art in the shape of rice paddies reflected the sky above and hard labour below, and centuries of it.
After several hours we were back to the modern world of cars and motorbikes, but at least the first motortbike was green.
There’s more about Rice in Secrets of Bali.
There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com