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Photograph of the week: Tegallalang, Bali


Located on the island of Bali, Tegallalang is with out query some of the distinctive landscapes you possibly can witness in all of Indonesia. For centuries, the Balinese have cultivated rice in these lovely terraces utilizing the Subak System to irrigate the paddies. Although you may have a number of choices to witness this ingenious system, which is so vital to the tradition and lifestyle on the island, there are merely none fairly as picturesque because the fields at Tegallalang.

Standing in the midst of the jungle at 600 metres above sea degree, the location is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the favored centre of Ubud. Although lately the vast majority of Balinese within the space make their residing by tourism, 1000’s nonetheless work within the rice fields day in, day trip.

Rice is the staple of all Indonesian delicacies and is usually described because the lifeblood of the Balinese. The cascading formation of rice terraces is essential to domesticate the grain in these steep areas round Ubud. Each particular person plot known as sawah and is contained by dykes of black earth. Water flows seamlessly from one plot to the subsequent on waters glides contained in bamboo sleeves. Every farmer proudly owning a sawah in Bali is a member of an agricultural society that controls the distribution of the valuable irrigation water to its members.

Even although this web site has develop into a hotspot for vacationers, within the early morning it stays as tranquil because it’s been for tons of of years. Visiting earlier than 9 AM is very beneficial. Save for the clicks of some cameras from the photographers who braved the dawn wake-up name, all you possibly can hear are the birds singing and the occasional howl of a monkey coming from deep contained in the jungle.

To attain Tegallalang this early, the best approach to go is by yourself two wheels. You can hire a scooter from any lodging in Ubud for only some {dollars} per day and the street to the location is sort of easy and in excellent situation. Just don’t neglect your helmet and worldwide drivers license! If you aren’t snug on a scooter, you possibly can all the time seize a taxi or rent a non-public driver for the day.

As photographers, it’s arduous to think about a extra excellent location for dawn than the location at Tegallalang. You can stroll the paths right here for hours, however we choose to make our approach to the far finish of the location to understand its magnificence with fewer folks round. An additional donation to Wayan, who appears to be like over our favorite a part of the location, grants us entry to shoot in a fenced-off portion of the terraces. From right here, the drone will get launched excessive into the air to seize the majestic web site with Mount Agung, the most important volcano on Bali, looming within the background.

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