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Bali is a small island and theoretically, one can go everywhere for a one day trip. But the roads are rather poor, with a lot of chaotic traffic and in result, the speed is rather low, around 30 km/h. In effect, we spend a lot of time on the bus. Behind the windows, I saw a lot of small temples, rice terraces but it was impossible to take decent pictures from the bus. It was quite frustrating.
During the trip, we had two days of the quite heavy rain. The second day of the rain we went to see the Jatiluvih rice terraces in the middle of the island. Jatiluwih, in the Balinese language translated means Beautiful Teak. Here, one can marvel at the vast expanses of terraced, green rice paddies stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. The fields that make up this area are inseparable from the traditional Subak irrigation system – a traditional method preserved for centuries and passed down through generations. Here is local wisdom at its best. Indeed, Bali is blessed with 150 rivers and streams that provide water year round to irrigate this most important staple. Nonetheless, irrigation rice fields would not be successful unless man also has a hand in it. Uniquely, Bali's complex irrigation system has its roots not by order of kings, but its management is very much in the hands of the villagers through village cooperatives. Since farmers depend on the successful irrigation of the fields, the different Subaks form an inseparable bond that unites into a single system.

My bad luck was that in the rain my Sony camera got wet and till the end of the journey it didn't work. I had also my smartphone but I took to many photos before and the battery was flat. I had power bank too but it is rather uncomfortable to use when taking pictures. So, I have not such photos I would like to have from there. I was rather unhappy about it.

Better see in the large format. As the complimentary picture in Workshop, terraces somewhere on the
way.




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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12254 W: 130 N: 31379] (145587)
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