Tukad Unda River Boys – Bali

Tukad Unda Dam

During my recent visit to Bali, I decided to base myself in more than location and get a better feel of everyday life. After four full days in Legian, I moved from the beach to the countryside. Ubud would be my base for the next few days.

Photographers wanting to capture everyday life in Bali should consider visiting the Tukad Unda Dam in the Klungfung Regency of eastern Bali. Getting there is easy via sealed roads and it is a leisurely twenty kilometres from Ubud. The wall of the dam harnesses the water of the Tukad Unda River. This spot is popular among the neighbouring population who come to bathe and wash their clothes. It is also frequented by the local children who love to play in the water. Just below the dam wall there is a great place to photograph particularly because of its two level structure. The falling water provides an amazing effect.

The village of Semarapura borders Tukad Unda Dam and it is possible to get one of the local entrepreneurs to gather a bunch of children to poise for photos. The following are a sprinkling of action images from my visit. The boys referred to themselves as the ‘Tukad Unda River Boys’.

Tukad Unda River Boys

Tukad Unda Dam

Tukad Unda River Boys

Tukad Unda River

Tukad Unda River Boys

Tukad Unda Dam - Boys Playing

Mont Tremblant in Autumn

Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant Ski Resort is situated in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains approximately 130 kms northwest of Montreal. It is best known for its quality skiing during the winter months but is also a wonderful place to visit during the other three seasons. Autumn, in particular, is popular with the onset of cool crisp and the changing colours of fall.

The main village has the look and feel of being in an alpine ski resort. The pretty streets are cobbled and the buildings colourful. The architecture is traditional French Quebec in style.

The View From Mont Tremblant

The view from Mont Tremblant is stunning with a jigsaw puzzle of colourful rooftops, followed by a stunning lake and lush rolling hills. It is easy to catch chair lifts to different vantage points to take in the scene.

Mont Tremblant View

Mont Tremblant Village

Mont Tremblant is divided into three clearly defined areas, the Resort, the Old Village, and Downtown. The resort village is also called the pedestrian village. It is located at the base of the mountain and is the centre of tourist activity. There are more than thirty restaurants, bars and cafes and thirty five boutiques and stores in this sector.

Mont Tremblant Village

Lac Mont Tremblant

A twelve by one kilometre lake is just a few steps away from the village. It is a hive of activity during the warmer months. Sailing, swimming, powerboating and lunch and dinner cruises are all on offer during this period.

Lac Mont Tremblant

The Village Gondola

A free gondola is available from the parking areas to the pedestrian village. The ride provides an excellent vantage point to get the lay of the land. Furthermore, the aerial views from the individual carriages are outstanding.

Mont Tremblant Gondola

The Laurentian Mountains in Fall

Visitors flock to this region of Quebec in late September and early October to view the spectacular transformation of the landscape from green to fiery reds, oranges and yellows. It can be fairly busy at this time. I arrived early when the trees were just beginning to change. This allowed me to miss the masses but still witness some of the transformation.

Mont Tremblant in Fall

Mont Tremblant Restaurants

I found so many spotlessly clean restaurants with excellent service and wonderful food in the pedestrian village. However, be prepared to pay a premium in this sector of the resort. The old village and downtown also have many superb offerings and often at a lower price.

Mont Tremblant Restaurants

Mont Tremblant Sunset

At the end of my first day in Mont Tremblant I was privileged to experience a spectacular sunset. No doubt, icing on top of the cake!!

Mont Tremblant Sunset

Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Temple – Bali

Lake Tamblingan

Another crazy early morning start with the hotel reception buzzing my room at 2 a.m. Once again guided by Kasa, we drove directly North until we reached Lake Tamblingan in the mountainous Buleleng Regency. Lake Tamblingan is a caldera lake situated at the foot of Mount Lesung. For those not knowing what a caldera is, it is a volcanic feature formed by the collapse of a volcano into itself thus forming a large crater. Tambingan is the smallest of three picturesque lakes in the area. It features a small but stunning temple that has been built in the shallows at the southern end of the lake.

Tamblingan Lake Temple

We arrived at the Gubug Temple before sunrise and I set about experimenting with some light painting photography. The full name of this Hindu shrine is Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan. It was built in honour of the lake god Danu.

Tamblingan Lake Temple

Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Temple, Bali

The Pura Ulun Danu Temple is unique because it has two different Meru shrines. One shrine was built and utilised by members of the Tabanan Regency and the other by worshippers from the surrounding villages of Catur Desa.Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan Temple, Bali

Gubug Temple – Lake Tamblingan

The lake shore shrine goes by a variety of names, one of which is the Gubug Temple. Gubug refers to the small village in the immediate vicinity of the temple.

For most of the year, the entire structure is surrounded by water. This requires worshippers to hop into a canoe in order to get to the entrance. Gubug Temple - Lake Tamblingan

Lake Tamblingan Temple Ceremony

Access to the lake is fairly difficult as we had to travel along a rough track for the last few kilometres to our destination. The major positive of this is that it discourages hordes of tourists. For the entire duration of my visit I did not see another foreigner. However, the temple is popular with the locals who visit the temple to take photographs on special occasions.Lake Tamblingan Temple Ceremony

The Gubug Temple is a popular venue with bridal parties wanting a spectacular backdrop for their wedding photographs. Lake Tamblingan - Gubug Temple

Ulun Danu Tamblingan Temple

Early morning mist rises above the Ulun Danu Temple. A beautiful new day begins.

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