Tuesday, December 27, 2011

巴厘岛风光 (Scenic Bali)






巴厘岛是个独特的岛屿,在这个高科技时代,她不仅没有高速公路,没有火车铁道,没有高楼大厦,也没有很多工业;她有的,似乎是与生俱来的艺术血统,流露着浓浓的文化气息,以及自然不造作的优雅气质。

对于巴厘岛的风景,如果我是个诗人,我会诗兴大发而吟诗作词;如果我是个歌者,我会心旷神怡而高歌一曲;如果我是个作家,我会舞文弄墨大做文章;如果我是个画家,我会手痒难耐就地取材。

然而,我只是个摄影发烧友,于是我只好让可怜的相机超时工作,履行它的职责,把巴厘岛的明媚风光带到大家的电脑萤幕前。

There is no absolute unit to measure how beautiful a place is. Whether a particular place is considered scenic or not may be highly subjective and relative to each other. It is also not incorrect to say that beauty is always related more (or entirely?) to art rather than science.

Bali is an island of art and culture in nature. I was astonished to be told that there is no highway at all in the island. Neither is there a railway service nor mass rapid transit. I could not see any high-rise building taller than a coconut tree (the pagoda shape temple may be the tallest). There is no industrial area (I only saw a Coca Cola factory throughout my stay there). Almost the whole population is dependent on art and culture, tourism, and agricultural sector to make a living.

I shall not describe how scenic the island is. Instead I shall let the pictures here uncover the mask of Balinese scenic face.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

古老的神话 (Mythical Bali)




巴杜尔火山,是巴厘岛上的其中一座活火山,曾经在1917与1926年爆发过。举凡有山的地方,就有本土的古老神话,使得原本就高深莫测的山峦更添加了一些神秘色彩。

话说好几个世纪之前,兴都教之神西瓦发现巴厘岛的居民思想单纯,却对大自然虔诚的膜拜并都具有佛心 ,于是选择了巴厘岛宣扬兴都教教义。

西瓦的爱女,妲驽却抗议巴厘岛没有高山作为归宿。于是西瓦就从爪哇东部把三座山移到巴厘岛。最大的那座山,西瓦把它分成一大一小的两半,自己住在大山的山峰(这是阿贡山)上,把小山峰(这是巴杜尔山)让给女儿住。

妲驽分得小山,心有不悦,因此巴杜尔山偶尔还会冒烟喷火。

无论如何,妲驽最终成为巴厘岛居民信奉的水神。巴厘岛每年农作物与稻米的丰收,都是靠水神引用巴杜尔湖水所灌溉的结果。

拍摄着浓雾笼罩的巴杜尔山,心灵上深深感受到大自然的巨大魔力。

According to myth, many centuries ago, there was no mountain on Bali Island. Siva, Hinduism’s deity found that the Balinese people, even though still savage at that time, seemed to exhibit a reverence to such deities. Hence Bali was chosen by Siva to be the special place where he would bestow the wisdom and teachings of Hinduism and bless the island with the presence of gods.

However, the daughter of Siva, Dewi Danu, objected moving to the island, as there was no mountain suitable for the residence of deities.

Siva then proceeded to break off three mountains from Eastern Java, and move them onto the flat land of Bali. The largest of these mountains, Siva split into two parts and gave the smaller one, named Gunung Batur to Dewi Danu to reside on. The larger peak, known as Gunung Agung, was to be the residence of Siva.

Dewi Danu went on to become the Balinese Goddess of water who ensures timely irrigation of Balinese crop and paddy fields every productive year.

The images of Gunung Batur above were shot from Kintamani during a misty day, however the mist does make the final images look more mysterious and mythical.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

非一般山谷 (Mysterious Bali)




巴厘岛神奇之旅,是我在网络上消声匿迹了一个星期的原因。

首次踏足巴厘岛,来到这座幽谷中的千年古庙,竟有似曾相识的感觉。荒山野岭,古木苍苍,山涧溪流,足以栖身的山洞,荒秃的石壁,和石壁上雕朔出的庄严神像,我活生生的行走于这片土地上。

时间像是回流到神秘的远古时代,空间却是这山谷里,族人们都在忙着开山劈石,拜祭神灵,种稻打猎等等。每个人都在生活着,劳动着,不察觉时间的流逝。每个人生活的目的,为的就是大自然的神明与英明的君主。

我的快门按了又按,深怕错失了任何现代城市里已经绝迹的时间痕迹。

族人们必定不知道,几百年后远在荷兰的另一个文明,登陆巴厘岛后以殖民方式统治了这个岛屿。也必定没有任何智者会料到,若干年后会有一群群的来自世界各地的陌生人乘搭一种能在天上飞的工具到此一游,对他们的鬼斧神工唧唧称奇。




My free-and-easy tour to Bali was indeed a fascinating experience. Bali has its many faces that are both mysteriously charming and exotically interesting.

As an enthusiastic shutterbug craving for photographic subjects, the island is a dreamland. Opportunity for photography is almost everywhere ranging from sunny beaches, scenic mountains, historical temples, artistic paintings and sculptures, rural villages, fauna and flora, people and animals etc.

The images shown here are taken in Gunung Kawi Temple Complex that was built around a thousand years ago. The tall, sculpted rock walls of the mountain are majestic looking. It was hard to imagine how difficult and how much time it took the people at that time to complete the complex.

My presence here alone was enough to make me feel that I had travelled back to the ancient time, and the whole structure of the temple complex made me deeply appreciative of the ability of human being (in the lack of modern construction equipment) to turn their imagination and creativity into reality. If such a majestic structure could be built and carved out from the natural rocky mountain, what else could not be accomplished?

I shall share with you more photographs of other faces of Bali in the future posts.

Friday, December 9, 2011

梦的启示


一连两晚,希望能继续延续怪梦境里的际遇,却不得要领。

单独置身于无人幽谷,求生意识是否足以让我手无寸铁的肉身与大自然对抗,抑或会命丧黄泉,令我相当好奇。

此时此刻此地,金钱名利已毫无意义。和我拍摄的微距昆虫们一样,我唯一的人生目的是求生存。幽谷里有着无数生机,野果可以果腹,湖水可以解渴;然而却也隐藏着无数的危机,一不留神,分分钟被毒蛇野兽偷袭,实在不可怠慢。

思念的,当然是亲人挚友;但若能和任何人在此相遇,就算是最丑的陌生人,想必都比中六合彩还更值得高兴。悠悠深谷里,孤独没有同伴,似乎生无可念。

倘若成功生存于此大自然,并整顿好起居饮食,且有一班同僚作伴,这片幽谷里的确有着无限的可能,到处都是无数的机会。不仅可以男耕女织,可以建造一座小城镇,还可以建立完全的民主制度,提倡使用绿色能源,没有污染的环境,所有食物都是天然的有机食物。总之思想可以想得出的,都有可能一一实现。

现实世界里,基本上问题不变。地球与人类本身也是宇宙的一部分,也是大自然的一部分。每个人都必须在自然界里求存,和群体刻苦耕耘创造自己的世界。

生活由你决定,思想决定未来 (是真的吗?);你说是它就是,你说不是它也不是。。。

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

怪梦


昨夜,做了一个梦。

因某种事故,让我万念俱灰,独自奔跑至深山。见一小溪,一舟停泊,于是泛舟而去。忽遇漩涡人仰舟翻昏死过去。

良久,感觉阳光耀眼,环顾四周,群山环抱,绿草如茵,鸟语花香,置身一湖边,湖里鱼儿嬉戏,莫非此处是桃花源不成?

喝了山泉,吃了野果,到处观望一番。这山中幽谷竟人烟绝迹。屡寻出谷之路不果,且攀山之途险峻,呜呼!难道我命该在此度过余生?

惊悸之余,寻得一山洞小歇。细细思量之后,实在想不起为何会流落在此。只好盘算日后日子怎么过。

也不知过了多久,倦极而眠。睡醒,即回到现实世界。近日多神驰于书中,想必是日有所思,夜有所梦。

话说回来,如果现实生活真陷身此地,如何是好?最根本的生活需求是什么?

原来现实生活也不赖。。。

Monday, December 5, 2011

随便想想


在我们生活中的外在选择与一举一动,都在我们控制范围之内,比如我们决定去跑步,或选择读某一本书等,都是我们有意识的选择;但这种意识控制不到任何体内的操作,比如我们不能用相同意识控制心跳,不能控制消化系统等,这些内部操作必定是脑袋里一种无名意识的功劳。

除了这些体内运作,会不会也有一种无名意识左右着我们的某些行为而不被我们轻易察觉呢?

1. 相同牌子的酒,不同场合有不同的味道,从苦涩难喝到甘醇无比。酒逢知己千杯少:是心情在作怪,还是某种意识在操纵着?

2. 同一个运动选手,在相同的场地,有着不同的表现,从差强人意到特殊表现:是心理在作怪,还是某种力量的作用?

3. 我们做运动会流汗,但夜晚在冷气房里发恶梦惊醒时也是冷汗直流。是生理因素,还是某种无名意识在活动?

4. 原本有点累,但做起喜欢的活动如摄影(或你超喜欢的其他活动),累的感觉一扫而空,反而精神奕奕:是头脑的因素,还是有神秘力量在驱使?

心理学家声称有种神秘的宇宙意识或潜意识,可以使你成为天才,也可以把你变成疯子。它与生俱来,潜藏在每个人体内,让每个人都有无限潜能,等待着你去运用它。

只要控制意识的脑和控制潜意识的脑可以和谐顺畅的沟通,你就心想事成了。

然而,欲善用此种潜意识的最佳法门,也许只需保持心境开朗,多关怀,活出自己,做自己喜欢的活动,随缘,虔诚,自在。

Thursday, December 1, 2011

姐弟俩



明年的新学年,衡将是六岁的小朋友了。平时搭校车上幼儿园的他,每逢老爸没上班载他去上课时,总是兴高采烈喜形于色。“我爸爸哟!”车门一开还没下车就向人喊着。原来老爸亲自载送他到学校是那么光荣的事。

在购物中心里看到喜爱的玩具,衡通常都会带点含蓄的对老爸说:“我好喜欢这个耶。”期待着老爸会买下它。遇到超喜欢的,就带点恳求的望着老爸轻声问:“爸爸,买给我好吗?”看着他充满希望的眼神,老爸心里很想全都买下来。但最终老爸通常只答应买下一样,毕竟控制欲望也是人生的一堂课。

在外郊游时,老爸若溜去摄影,衡就跟着老妈和彤。待老爸转回来时,惯例都会为彤,衡与老妈拍摄几张出其不意的人像照。衡一见老爸,必定高速冲过来和老爸会合。

老爸和朋友聚会时,衡喜欢依偎在老爸怀里;走累了会叫老爸抱抱。而彤则有大姐本色,对弟弟说长大了不可以叫爸爸抱,应该自己走,衡对大姐相当敬畏,唯命是从。

彤即将十二岁了,曾几何时,她的偶像已经从老爸转成飞轮海了。老爸长得好丑,飞轮海帅呆了,彤毫不客气地对老爸说。

慢慢地,老爸和老妈会越来越老,越来越丑。老爸和老妈将慢慢淡出,彤与衡姐弟俩将成长成人,有自己明确的性格,自己的生活。

在那遥远的某一天里,如果彤与衡带老爸老妈去郊游,去散步,老爸会很光荣的对人欢呼:“我的孩子哟!”

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