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bali spirit ŠGary Radler Photography 2009


bali spirit


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When you look at the world in a broad, generous and friendly spirit, what wonderful things you find in it. Horace Rutledge

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In the morning twilight, the saltmakers descend the gently sloping beach to the ocean's edge. A hand-carved yolk upon which hangs two buckets fashioned from the sinewy leaves of the Lontar Palm is carried over their shoulders. Wading out into the calm blue waters, the buckets are filled and the saltmakers climb up the gentle slope to sow their seeds in the waiting beds of sand. Just as a farmer prepares his seedbed with intense Zen artistry, the saltmaker rakes his black sand beds to perfection. For once the bed is smooth like glass, the saltwater is sprinkled over the top and the seed of salt is sown. The collection of brine is a slow process and involves many periods of leaching and resting to ensure the removal of all sediments. Once enough of the brine is collected, the saltmaker must raise his eyes to the sky to wait for proper signs - a freak storm on an otherwise sunny day can destroy a harvest in one second flat. The saltmaker must be absolutely sure. 4


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Sukawati Market Mick drove us to Ubud on Saturday and on the way we stopped at Sukawati Market. Mainly acting as a produce market for the locals, with a smattering of textiles, the place was energetic and seemed a long way from the tourist hubs. All but the older women were happy for me to take some shots of them. I was escorted through the place by a trader who gratefully accepted the 50,000 rupiah fee she told me I owed her at the end of our trek through the stalls.

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There is always something to be thankful for. 18


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Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor aloke: each has their suffering. Buddha

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today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.

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When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcos Aurelius

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peace comes from within

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love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. 38

Euripides


those who are content are rich

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Great acts are made up of small deeds Lao Tzu

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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders

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rice fields Wayan drove me out to the rice fields on the way to Tanelot on Friday evening. Unfortunately as we headed out of Kuta, the sky clouded over. While I photographed, he waited for me as I walked down a dirt road. He asked me to simply beckon when I was ready to be picked up. I focussed on a rice farmer working a field. He was not troubled by my attention, only smiling occasionally by my stupidity for photographing something so seemingly mundane. Every now and then, a little slice of sun managed to steal a glance through the cloud cover.

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rice walk, ubud

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After a cup of coffee and some

restaurant that sourced its produce

During our chat, another man joined

said, "you have made trouble for

cheesecake at a cafe that could have

from a nearby garden. I had lunch

us; his neighbour, it turned out. He

me". It turned out that he would

been in Acland Street, we went on a

and then went on further where I met

introduced him to me and said he

have difficulty exchanging them.

walk through some rice fields.

yet another Wayan. He stopped me

referred to him as 'sir' due to his

When he offered to climb a tree to

Called, obviously enough, the 'rice

on my walk and invited me onto his

age.

fetch me a coconut he was clear the

walk', it meandered through many

plot for a chat. He explained that

Wayan intimated that his family was

payment should be in rupiah.

plots .

the rice he grew was not for sale,

poor, and when I offered him some

Half way along there was an organic

but instead fed his family.

Aussie coins, he took them, but later


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