Bali: A Walk in a Balinese Garden

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Comments (20)

jeff_msn123 on June 14, 2009

Excellent composition. Nice shot.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 17, 2009

jymsn123 and gondor

Hi Jeff.

Your comments are appreciated. I have taken quite an interest in Chinese art and photography over the years, so it is not a surprise that you have appreciated this, for I am sure you see a little of China here.

Dear Gondor,

I am very happy that you enjoy following my camera around a bit. Tonga is OK...I am here right now. Pango I have been to in Vanuatu, and Congo was on an itinerary once but I didn't make it.

How about Mali as well as Bali?

As Mali and Congo are closer to you, they are your future assignments..while I'll look after Bali, Pango and Tonga for us!

Olga I. Yakovenko on June 18, 2009

Ian, I was a little too buzy and missed your new photos. Fantastic bamboo. I saw it at Sakhalin and Kuril Islands, but it was something small, thin and not tall and often unwished, as being directed downslope, made problems when climbing, Olga

Ian Stehbens on June 18, 2009

Hello Olga,

I have been travelling and currently in Tonga in the middle of the Pacific from now till December with very unreliable Internet, so I may not be able to correspond as often as I would like. Thanks for your visit again and for your comment on bamboo.

I will try to catch up with your recent uploads, but if I cannot, don't worry for I will faithfully catch up when I can, even if that isn't for sometime.

My best regards from the beautiful South Pacific.


juan jose romero on June 22, 2009

Thanks Ian! I love bamboo so much! Thanks you very much for your beautiful photos!

Ian Stehbens on June 23, 2009

Dear JJ,

While I was in Bali I saw your recent bamboo photos, so I was inspired to look at the bamboo while I was exploring Balinese gardens, and the conversation in my head was with you when I found the bamboo. I have posted just the 2 images, though there are others that are much more like some of yours. Thanks for inspiring me to see the world around me differently.


Matt Haysom on June 25, 2009

Nice shot Ian - the contrasting forms are very interesting. Matt

EVA_L on June 25, 2009

What extraordinary forms create nature, and man can combine them nicely, dear Yan!

Wermest wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on June 26, 2009

Hello Eva and Matt,

Thanks for your thoughts on this image. I am pleased too with the patterns and forms. I only wish, like an oil painter, I could have photographed a small bird flying through this thicket!

Ian / Yan

May M. B. (Swissmay) on June 27, 2009

A very beautiful photo, Ian! I wish to have a garden with bamboo! And maybe one or two Pandas with it. ;)

Warm regards, May

Ian Stehbens on June 28, 2009

Thanks May for your generosity. Ian

If you were to plant bamboo at your place, you must have pandas as well to keep it under control or the whole of the Emmental might soon look very different!! ... if global warming melts the whole Aletsch Glacier that is. :(

M and R on July 15, 2009

Nice shot. R

Ian Stehbens on November 4, 2009

Thanks Conquhila. Message received. I think Panoramio have got hold of it.



cheryl1058 on March 31, 2010

Nice shot Ian...I love the contrasts here.

Ian Stehbens on March 31, 2010

Thanks Cheryl. A 1000 tourists a day walk past here, but this beauty is always there waiting to be appreciated.


loubo on June 15, 2010

Bravo pour ton coup d'oeil Ian,photos très intéressantes.

谭政 on September 3, 2010


Ian Stehbens on September 12, 2010

Wonderful encouragement, Loubo. Thanks very much. And I am pleased to that this image of bamboo pleases you also 谭政.


beegood on September 12, 2010

Glad to see you have returned safely from Eua dear Ian. Life is sometimes as fragile as this tender picture, like it a lot. Ian, could you have a look at this picture from the Phillipines and explain me how these stunning mountains were shaped in this way? Thank you!

Love and blessings ~ Maja ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Thanks indeed, Maja, and my guests have all returned home so there is a little time to return to Pano. Thanks for your patience. First it delights me that we share some aesthetic tastes for I was drawn to this grove of bamboo.

As for Axl's impressive image of Chocolate Hills, this landscape appears to me to be sculpted from a bed of limestone of coraline origin. And it appears to have been uplifted rather slowly for its fractures (which are rectilinear and bound each conical hill) are rather uniform suggesting to me that whole bed has been under quite equal stress.

Without investigating the site, I suspect that the coral that formed the limestone contains a lot of sand or other marine detritus. If it was more pure limestone the hills would not be so conical but more vertical and more jagged on the surface.

So in summary I suspect that this is a bed of impure limestone or marine origin that has been slowly but uniformly uplifted, the rocks being dissolved, eroded revealing the pattern of rectilinear fractures. There is much karst (limestone) in the world and other examples of this type of landscape. There is karst over large areas of China, and the Stone Forest of Yunnan exceeds the fantasy of this landscape.

'Eua is also uplifted coraline limestone, but much more recently than the Chocolate Hills. It is still in tact but riddled with caves, sinkholes and dolines - an early phase of dissolution and erosion.

I hope that is not too technical, but clear.


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Photo taken in Banjar, Banjar, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Republic of Indonesia

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