The Green (Hidden) Canyon – Bali Guwang Sukawati

After 2 months of recovering a Jakarta pollution born lung infection I finally felt fit enough to leave the house and it was time to get the dust off my camera. Having left my Fuji X-T1 in hell city I had no choice then carry the 5D – M III with a 28-300mm lens and 1-1.5x adaptor with me. Uff …. As the destination was the Green Canyon nearby Sukawati. Well , what wouldn’t you do to take a great shot.

We arrive there around noon, filled up energy and water at the nearby Warung and got ready for the hike. 

iPhone – panorama shot: at the warung 

Since it is Hari Raya week, there where many other visitors, mainly from Java, so we better get going. You pay 20k IDR per person, get a local guide, who in our case was a 16y old kid, who saved me liters of sweat by carrying the empty backpack and the tripod. Cam was on me, adaptor in the pocket.

In order to bypass some of the crowd our guide suggested to take a short cut which meant crowling up the canyon wall, walk towards canyon Number 1 and then down into it again.

The shortcut:

At this point I was soaked in sweat, but it was all worth it.

Magic light, colors, dimensions … It’s really a fantastic hike and photography experienc

At some stages you just feel like on another planet; having just watched the new movie we call this shot “Tarzan on Mars”

The contrast of light and shadow asks for a dynamic range which only a professional camera masters.

There are several spots where spring water surfaces and you can watch the sand corns dancing in the stream.

After the 3rd canyon we rested, took of shoes and socks to get rid of the extra weight of sand collected wading through the water pools on the way.

Then you have a choice to walk back the same way or leave the canyon and return to the start with a lovely walk through the rice fields crowning the top of the canyon.

Exhausting – fulfilling … A wonderful hike.

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