The Homes by the river in Indonesia

The density of the homes was remarkable, everyone right on top of the next. We walked down through the little houses and got a hundred good shots… each one was brightly and individually painted and festooned.

The Houses By The River in Indonesia

This is Sujatmi

Sujatmi’s dream is that her grandkids grow up to be brave and smart.

She is currently sitting in a makeshift annex area in a bustling riverside community in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Dozens of tiny thatched and improvised houses are cobbled together and brightly painted. There are kids running around and other adults running after them, trying to get them to sit still so they can begin school. I’ve accidentally interrupted the whole affair while getting confused in the tiny alleys, no wider than a set of shoulders. She’s thrilled by the excitement as she looks on, nodding at me and the kids.

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This is Sujatmi

The Rolling Buddhist Morning Mist

Usually a fine layer of mist indicates as that one area is cooler than another area. In this case, even in the early morning light, that could not have been the cause of the mist since it was burning hot with every single step. There was some sort of steamy condensation, but most of it was wrapping itself around my sweaty body. A tiny bit of breeze might have been nice, but maybe that would have blown away the mist!

The Buddhist Rolling Morning Mist

Volcanoes Poking Through

The light changed every few minutes through the morning. As the low clouds rolled across the jungle below Borobudur, you could see the nearby volcanoes poking through into the sunrise.

Volcanoes Poking Through

The Underwater Mosaic Near the Jungle Gates

Found in a placid pool in Indonesia… And believe it or not, I never got in! Looking at it now… I kind of regret it… I couldn’t have been THAT busy could I?

The Underwater Mosaic Near the Jungle Gates

Borobudur at High Noon

All of these SE Asian temples are oriented against the poles of the earth and the solar system so you can often get these symmetric shots, although I normally don’t do that sort of thing. This was shot from the top of Borobudur when the sun was burning down at about 100 degrees of hot waves of humid heat. Scaling my way up there through the jungle gloom was tough enough without the added burning factor!

Borobudur at High Noon

A Dip in the Glassy Pool

This is the hotel where I stayed (The Grand Mercure) in Indonesia when I went to visit Borobudur for the weekend. I never took a chance to sample the pool, except for my camera, which could not resist! :)

A Dip in the Glassy Pool

Buddha in the Jungle Highlands

This peaceful buddha looks out across the mist and fog on a relaxing morning…

Buddha in the Jungle Highlands

Archway overlooking the foggy jungles of Indonesia

It was foggy… and it was jungly….

Archway overlooking the foggy jungles of Indonesia

The Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment

The Buddhist Temple of Borobudur has several concentric levels, each going higher and higher, each level a more significant plane of enlightenment. Monks are supposed to start at the bottom and spiral their way to the top, contemplating the countless reliefs and 500+ Buddha statues. I spent almost the entire weekend there and made the walk more times than most of the monks. Plus I was carrying a tripod and not wearing sweat-wisking robes… I don’t know if this means I am more enlightened or just more tired.

The Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment

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