SACRED MONKEY FOREST PT II, BALI

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali is a truly amazing place, one of the most interesting that we have ever been at:

The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is owned by the village of Padangtegal. Village members serve on the Sacred Monkey Forest’s governing council (The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation). The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation has historically strived to develop and implement management objectives that will both maintain the sacred integrity of the monkey forest and promote the monkey forest as a sacred site that is open to visitors from around the world.

The Sacred Monkey Forest is a series of paths that cut through the jungle, encompassing 3 temples and hundreds of macaques with staff spread on the paths selling bananas. A tourist mecca. There are many different reviews of this place, but my TripAdvisor review will give it 5 stars and call it out as one of the most unique places I have ever been. Yes, the monkeys can be ill-mannered – as this is the wild, with no control.

I loved shooting here, interacting with the long tail macaques. This little fellow kept my attention, when we first arrived. Same configuration, Canon 5D Mark III, and luckily I had my 70-200mm f/2.8.

He was just looking around … enjoying a banana.

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And look at how white his teeth are. Really enjoying that banana.

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Those eyes ….

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I could have watched him all day. As you walk the path there are monkeys everywhere.

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This fellow made me smile. He found a remote place to enjoy his banana, away from the rabble … away from prying hands.

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If you looked closely, you would see mothers and their children.

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There was a group of mothers sitting above us, on a log.

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I wonder what this fellow was thinking?

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It is a beautiful place with temples scattered across the grounds.

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A special place.

SACRED MONKEY FOREST, BALI

We pretty much missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo as they are early this year and we were out of the country.

But it is worth it. A few photos from the Monkey Forest in Bali. Glad I put the 70-200m f/2.8 on the Canon 5D Mark III for this walking adventure.

A few close-ups. I was very close.

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Just hanging out.

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Very close.

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They are cheeky little fellows.

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DUXFORD AIR SHOW

 

The air show was described as one of the bigger ones in the world. And they have many each year – it definitely didn’t disappoint. All kinds of different airplanes and helicopters, ready to fly.

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This shot gives a sense of the size of the event (this is just one way) … lots of planes on the field.

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Not sure I would be up for a loop in what looks like a 70 year old Corsair  …. (I need a 2X extender on my 70-200mm).

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A lot of these planes are owned by consortiums. Flying enthusiasts who own a ‘share’ of the plane. They all pay for the upkeep and take turns flying it. I remember the announcer specifically mentioning that with this plane.

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A great day out.