The location is so beautiful and our Balinese villa gardens so tranquil that even when we had to work it was a joy to sit at the dining table on the veranda and take in the beauty of our surroundings as we listened to the wind, the birds, and the other animals around us.
At times we could hear the sound of workers chatting in the rice paddies, and the hollow tins of their mechanical ‘scarecrow’ devices rattling in the wind. At other times, especially at night, we would hear the haunting sound of singing and drums from ceremonies at the nearby temples carried on the breeze of the windy season, or ‘kite season’ as the locals call it. Magic.
About the Photography
All photos of our Balinese villa gardens were taken with a Nikon D700 with a variety of Nikon lenses, such as the following:
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8
Nikon 35mm f/2.0 AF
AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12–24mm f/4G IF-ED
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF-D
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Professional travel/food editorial/commercial photographer and food and travel writer based in Asia. His photography and writing assignments has seen him visit over 70 countries. Has authored some 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides. Photography has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Travel+Leisure Asia, DestinAsian, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee and many more.