Recently, I stopped for a few days in KL (Kuala Lumpur), the capital of Malaysia, whilst en route to Australia. It was my first time here, and so we set out to absorb the sights and tastes (and hopefully not too many of the smells) and experience a little of what was on offer!
Just outside KL, nestled amongst the lush mountains, are the Batu Caves – natural caves formed from limestone. Many of the caves house shrines to the various Hindu gods, to which people bring an offering of fruit. The resident monkeys know this, and target the bag carriers before they reach the temples at the top of the 272 steps. They launch a running attack, rip open the bags and make off with their spoils! From what I saw, very little fruit actually made it to the temples….
Christine Santostefano - Me? It wasn't me......
Christine Santostefano - Partaking of the fruits of labor!
The Hindu God, Murugan, portrayed as a 140ft high golden statue, is both impressive and unmissable! It was unveiled in 2006, took three years to construct, and is the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world. Climbing the steps in 32 °C and 90% humidity was no easy feat!
Christine Santostefano - Murugan Statue
Christine Santostefano - Murugan Statue 2
Because of the ‘jungle’ environment, butterflies and insects are plentiful and beautiful. Showcasing the vibrancy and subtlety of colors displayed in nature, this next photo is completely unedited – no tweaking at all! At first, I was disappointed to notice that upon closer inspection, the butterfly was less than perfect. But the more I looked at it, I realised the imperfection was what allowed its beauty to be seen – a lesson well worth applying to life!
Christine Santostefano - Colors of Nature
What I especially love about this next photo, is how the texture is felt by your eyes. Also the exquisite design and detail held within the insect’s wings.
Christine Santostefano - A Study of Insects 2
Check out my collection, ‘A Study of Insects’, to see more butterflies and insects.
This last photo is an image that struck me as both amusing and bemusing. Every good city has its Chinatown, and KL was no exception. It was here that I discovered a local who was roasting and selling chestnuts. ‘What’s so unusual about that?’ I hear you ask. ‘After-all, it is only a few weeks before Christmas?’ Valid points…….if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and are feeling the effects of winter. Technically, KL is in the Northern Hemisphere, but in reality it is an Equatorial country. Add to this the afore mentioned weather conditions of 32 °C and 90% humidity and you begin to see my point!
Christine Santostefano - Roasting Chestnuts