Hadn't been to Tuban Beach, Kuta Beach, Legian Beath, Etcetera
Beach... for a long time. Still the same grand and often beautiful
hotels, now a bit dilapidated; a lot of construction 'going on' (in
spurts of activity, I guess) of new places. The whole beach strip has
been built up, with the space between the glittering palaces taken up
by local people plying the tourist trade. Less hassle, though, than
there used to be...
Between the grounds of those majestic hotels, there's a lot of scrubby scragginess; lots of garbage, many sites of 'forgotten' construction.
The beauty of the beaches and the sea, the sometimes amazing hotels on the one side and the dirt and squalor and 'brokenness' of the natural landscape are paradoxical.
But in this brokenness here can be beauty, too. It's exactly in this kind of area that many plants and flowers flourish. Like this marvellously bright Lantana camara... It hails from the tropical Americas, especially the West Indies, but it's now spread around the globe. Often it's regarded as a pest (in Eastern Australia, for example) to be eradicated. But here together with the beautifully pink varieties of Convolvulus and the startling blue of Morning Glories - also thriving in wastelands - it's a beauty to behold!
I've always found Lantana particularly difficult to get sharply into focus; the umbels move in and out of focus all the time. But I hope to have been successful here.
[PS Dear All! My internet connection is rather 'difficult', so I've been having trouble commenting on and inviting your photos. Please be patient.]