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{10 on 10 project ~ bali ~ april 2013}

i planned to do a post about a fun filled day in sydney last week but at the very last minute, i decided to do something a little different this month… im sharing photos i took in just a few short moments outside our villa on monday 8th april ~ these were taken between 3.48pm and 3.52pm so just 4 mins to be exact! im sure you have all seen more than enough photos of audrey so this will be a refreshing change…

in bali, over the weekend everyone celebrated kuningan. this festival is held ten days after the galungan festival. sadly, we were away for both festivals because i had sessions to shoot at home in australia but here is a brief explanation on what its all about…

the galungan is one of Bali’s major festivals and the celebrations last for ten days! galungan day means earth day and on this day the Hindus thank the god for the creation of the earth and all it has to offer. during the galungan, the balinese believe that their ancestors descend to their former homes. balinese families will welcome their ancestors and entertain with prayers and offerings, along with ceremonies to cleanse and balance the inner and outer energy on the island. essentially this is the beginning of the week in which the gods and ancestors descend to earth and good triumphs over evil.

kuningan is celebrated 10 days after galungan and signifies the closing of the new year holiday.

because we werent here, im not sure how things were done exactly but when i arrived home saturday night i was so taken with the beauty… the entrance to every temple and home is decorated with umbul-umbul ~ a long colorful flag on an overhanging bamboo pole. the umbul-umbul reach high into the sky and it is truly such a beautiful thing to see!

the balinese LOVE their festivals and ceremonies and i think it part of what makes bali such a magical place…

monday im sitting in my villa and i hear boys playing instruments in the street and singing. when i go out i see they are doing their own little barong dance complete with costumes they have made themselves!

i speak very little bahasa (im limited to basic greetings but we are starting lessons next week so i can improve on that) and the children spoke no english but they were able to say ‘money’ with hands outstretched and i was more than happy to pay them!

my pembantu (cleaner) came out and asked them if i could take their photo and they were so incredibly excited! whenever i turned my camera on one of them they would be delighted and they LOVED to see the photos on the screen! i wish audrey greeted photos with the same enthusiasm but i know it comes from having very little exposure to cameras… the novelty of it is what makes it so appealing and audrey (like many of your kids) has had a camera in her face from the minute she arrived…

anyway, it seems i may have started something cause the very next day they were back playing 3 times as loud at my front gate and seeming like they would never leave! they are just so cute but im not sure danny will agree if this becomes a daily ritual… he actually went out surfing to escape!

thanks so much for stopping by! i hope you enjoyed that little peek into the bali culture!

now its time to go look at how summer murdock spent her day! i love her ability to turn the most ordinary event into something spectacular… this month its toilet training!

rowe xxx

April 9, 2013 - 10:48 pm

10 on 10 | april » Bee Chalmers Photography - […] please go visit my beautiful and talented friend Rowe Timson…you may get to see some pictures of Bali where she is currently living with her family. […]

April 10, 2013 - 3:33 am

Mel Riddell - How wonderful, Rowe! I love this series of photos, so interesting to look through, and so full of joy. It’s so sweet that they came back the next day! xx

April 10, 2013 - 4:06 am

Margo Plowright - They are really wonderful shots showing the joy they get from the simplest things. love x mum

April 10, 2013 - 5:08 am

Jackie Tyghem - Very Cooooooool Rowe! Always love looking at your images!

April 10, 2013 - 5:42 am

candy - I love these so much! So fun and full of life! My favorite is the second photo, makes me smile and the last- those little guy’s are too cute!!

April 10, 2013 - 6:50 am

Sara Garcia - This post made me smile…those kids are just so full of energy and life! Gorgeous work Rowe! You are inspiring.

April 10, 2013 - 8:24 am

Stacy - GREAT shots!! I love your blog header too. This is my first time visiting!

April 10, 2013 - 8:27 am

Jenna - I love traditions and customs so much, it’s one of the biggest reasons I love to incorporate new things into my life. Thank you so much for sharing a little about Bali culture! These boys are so cute!!!

April 10, 2013 - 8:48 am

Kirsty - So fabulous Rowe to be able to experience these celebrations – and so fabulous to be able to share that fun too 😀

April 10, 2013 - 10:45 am

Ginger Unzueta - Seriously awesome!!! I love the life you live. I know I say it every month but I loved seeing a glimpse of the world you live in from this perspective. Beautiful!!

April 10, 2013 - 11:42 am

alana harris - great post! love this rowe!! the group black and white shots are awesome! xo

April 10, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Rebecca - I LOVE these Rowe. They are full of such joy. Such an amazing adventure you are having. And I love the wide one of the boys sitting on the road and on the bike. Just so you know, however, I would never tire of seeing pictures of Audrey. XO

April 10, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Rebecca Leimbach - I love seeing the world through your lens, Rowe. You are such an amazing artist.

April 10, 2013 - 1:31 pm

melissa - simply amazing. so emotive and full of life. i really could look at your pictures all. day. long!!

April 10, 2013 - 1:38 pm

nicole dyk - Rowe.

Obsessed. Seriously these are amazing. & totally cracks me up that they asked for money for their photos!!!! So I know I say this every month, but this adventure your on just sings to my soul. I want to be on one too. xo.


April 10, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Summer Murdock - Rowe, man I want to come live with you…love the pure joy on these kids faces…I’m so so so so jealous of your adventures…love these images..just love.

April 10, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Kylie D - Your life in Bali is definitely an adventure that you and your family will treasure forever. These images are just magical – I love how they are all boys wanting to sing and dance – the joy on all of their faces are just priceless. Kx

April 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

ashley - i enjoy seeing your world- it’s such a departure from sleepy southern life over here! fun, vibrant, tropical.. always a pleasure!

April 10, 2013 - 5:44 pm

ali - love these rowe!! your perspective on the wonderful life you’re living with your family is so beautiful. xo

April 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Janine - i love all their gorgeous smiling faces! i would so love to photograph kids that are so eager LOL. all your pictures just make me want to return to Bali and have a more ‘locals’ experience. one day we’ll get back there. fabulous photos! Jx

April 10, 2013 - 8:37 pm

amy grace - you just took me away. through your heart and your eyes. i would love to be transported here for a day with my kids and our cameras. the emotions are incredible and real, rowe. wow. xo

April 11, 2013 - 6:38 am

Maria - i just LOVE seeing Bali through your eyes! What a fun day and great experience for you all!

April 12, 2013 - 4:13 am

El - These are amazing Rowe!!!!! What an adventure you’re having! Love the wide shit with the kid on the bike. Just beautiful xoxo

April 12, 2013 - 4:14 am

El - Wide shit?!!!? My good gravy!!! Of course I meant wide SHOT!!! Bahahahaha!!!!

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