lifestyle & documentary photographer

A day in Janda Baik


“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

So, now and then, my camera and I decide it’s time to escape the city buzz. This time, we found ourselves in Janda Baik – a spot we’d never explored before. The plan was simple: a day of checking out the sights. But, you know how it goes, plans change. We ended up staying the night, and man, was it worth it! Our little nest was surrounded by a sea of flowers, and the air was alive with butterflies. It felt like stepping into a fairy tale. The decision to stick around for the night turned out to be something beautiful.

Picture this: waking up to the melody of birds singing in the morning. It was as if they were putting on a concert just for us. And when night fell, the crickets took over, creating a soothing backdrop. Oh, and let’s not forget the nearby river doing its thing – a gentle gush that added a whole new layer to the experience. Now, Mary Oliver once wrote this beautiful poem about geese, and it got me thinking. She talks about not having to be perfect, just letting yourself love what you love. In a way, it’s a reminder to find the magic in everything around us.

In Janda Baik, that magic was in the vibrant flowers, the graceful butterflies, the morning bird symphony, the nighttime cricket serenade, and the constant company of the nearby river. As photographers, we’ve got this special job of capturing these magical moments and sharing them with the world. So, here’s the deal – nature is like a treasure trove, and we need to see it with that sense of wonder, just like Oliver’s geese. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about embracing the magic in every little thing. Until the next adventure, keep finding the magic, folks!

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