Convex and Concave

The Stairs

(1/400, F7.1, ISO200, 10mm)

On my recent trip to Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia) finding the underground mosque in the Taman Sari complex was my favorite experience, which was only possible with the help of a local guide.

During the mid-18th century, the Sultan of Yogyakarta began work on the Taman Sari Water Castle. Comprised of lavish gardens and pools, it also featured a bizarre man-made sea, connected beneath the ground with underwater tunnels and small island buildings. One of these island structures was used as a mosque, and was only accessible by underwater passage.

The tiny mosque, although basic, had all the necessary parts of a mosque including a mihrab, guiding worshippers toward Mecca. It also featured a series of staircases leading from the underwater entrances resembling MC Escher’s complex architecture work. Staircases lead up from five different doorways to a central platform and another staircase connects the five lower staircases to a higher doorway.

Today many of the remains of the great 17th century complex have been lost. The pools were emptied, which allowed for the discovery of many of the underground structures, but have destroyed the pristine castle quality. Human settlements have taken the place of the man-made lake, and much of the other buildings are ruins. In 1995, the entire complex was listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.

Everybody´s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

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(1/250, F6.3, ISO400, 235mm)

 Just back from an incredible trip to Malaysian Borneo with some photos that are out of my comfort zone. One of those subjects being wildlife, but when these proboscis monkeys decided to have a meeting in front of my veranda in Bako National Park it was an opportunity not to be missed!

Normally pretty hard to find 4 long-nosed males came swinging down the trees and sat down just metres away from us.

By coincidence (or not) they are also known as Orang Belanda (`Dutch human`, like me) because of the same big nose and swollen belly as the first Dutch colonisers that arrived here.

(more on Borneo soon…)

Don´t Drink the Yellow Water

Don´t drink the yellow water

(1/125, F6.3, ISO100, 19mm)

 Another photo from the abandoned Chinese shophouses
in Kampung Kepayang where I took the similar Pulling Tea photo.

On another note: been traveling to Thailand last week without a camera, but will be in Borneo with my camera next weeks, so not too much blogging and photos, but will be back with more…

Flowers Must Die part VIII

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(1/216, F2, ISO100, 3mm)

Another one for the Flowers Must Die-series (with my phone). It may look like an appropriate end to the series, but you never know when I walk into another one.

As you may or may not have noticed blog activity is very low at the moment, but no worries just enjoying some tropical getaways…

Behind the Mask

 These photos were taken in the same row of abandoned shophouses
in Kampung Kepayang where I took the similar Pulling Tea photo.

As I myself like the texture in these walls I thought maybe throw in another smaller crop for more detail!

PS. For full size and better sharpness you can click lower right in the gallery.

(both 1/160, F4, ISO200, 17mm)

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Darkness on the Edge of Town II

(1/640, F4.5, ISO200, 90mm)

The view from our balcony to the northern parts of Kuala Lumpur during one of the thunderstorms that roll through the Klang Valley during the monsoon season.

The typical building with its dome and Neo-classical architecture, called the Menara Milenium aka Milennium Tower, is my favorite building in view and reminds me of New York and other cities around Europe and America.

The Wall

The Wall

(1/125, f4, iso-200, 55mm)

A couple of years ago just before sunset we descended down the Ordesa valley in the spectacular landscape of
the Ordesa National Park in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Would you believe it´s possible to walk along one of the highest ridges on this wall where at places the path is one metre wide and you´ll have a 400m sheer drop to your right?
Here´s a video with evidence!

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