Category Archives: Indonesia


The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Borobudur, hidden buddhas

This is the view from the top of Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument looks like a giant inverted bell from a distance, but actually consists of six square platforms, ringed by seated … Continue reading

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Somehwere east of Semarang, Java

… maybe Sukodono, I found this supernaturally green hostal in the middle of a stairstep set of rice paddies. Bright green snakes swam in the canals between the paddies, and wild ducks so tame you could almost pet them waddled … Continue reading

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The guards of the Kraton, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

They do it for the honor, though there is small pay attached.  Elected from the neighborhood, which is populated by traditional craftsmen and tradesmen who pledge allegiance to the Sultan of this tiny kingdom within a city, they exemplify the  … Continue reading

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Malaysian tuk-tuk man, Kuala Lumpur

I think I met this tuk-tuk driver in Kuala Lumpur. I liked the ornate additions he made to the basic function of his vehicle, especially the many lights, which actually WORK. Look at the crankshaft on the bike on the … Continue reading

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Prambanan, Java

This is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, dedicated to the Trimurti, which means God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). It is located near Yogyakarta and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. … Continue reading

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