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Bali Rice Fields


Revered Hindu holy man Rsi Markandeya traveled to the Bali region from India in the 8th century to spread Hinduism to the island people. Markandeya felt drawn to the area known as Ubud. From the word “Ubad,” which means “medicine,” Ubud was named for the abundance of medicinal plants native to the area. During his time in the Bali region, Markandeya left a strong impression. His religious teachings were adopted by the locals, along with the new techniques for farming and irrigation he shared with his followers. One of the most obvious signs of his legacy are the terraced rice fields found nearby that are fed by a sophisticated irrigation system called subak. Subak-fed rice terraces are found in the villages of Tegalalang, Pejeng and Campuhan.

Pierson visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tegalalang, Bali, in August, “We spent the day here. I photographed at sunrise with my drone, but wanted to get a different feel. Shooting from the ground, I waited till just after sunset to get the softer warm light, and to capture a more intimate feeling.

“The crowds had gone by this time, and I was able to concentrate on the composition. I was really drawn to the detail of the planting. Each plant spaced and in rows, maximizing every inch of space.”

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