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It’s been another week of uneventful island life, where the most exciting moments include seaside massages and the low points include gecko poop in the bed. I’ve been slammed with freelance jobs, and am so grateful that I’m taking it easy this month and staying put somewhere so that I have time to tackle it all. What a blessing to be so busy with work I enjoy so much!

It’s amazing, too, how much time is left over when you strip away commutes and cooking and laundry and all the mundane tasks that are either irrelevant or outsourced on Gili Trawangan. This week, I spent those extra moments going diving, taking a bike ride around the island, having long lunches with friends, and oh yes — one extremely glorious seaside massage.

Photo A
Horses on Gili TrawanganOne of the horses that plies the streets, the view from my bed

Photo B
Banner Fish on Gili TrawanganBannerfish peeking through some sea grass

Photo C
Beach Walk on Gili TrawanganHighlights from a beach walk

Photo D
Sea Turtle on Gili TrawanganA suspicious turtle

Photo E
Colors on Gili TrawanganA well camouflaged grasshopper, a colorful vignette 

Photo F
Sunset on Gili TrawanganBintangs and sunsets with South Sea Nomads

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • All of them are gorgeous, but I’m going with C!

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      I know from your posts that you love a good beach walk as well šŸ™‚

  • memographer
    July 21 2013

    Definitely, Photo F! beautiful story telling. Makes me wonder where did the couple go during this beautiful sunset šŸ˜‰
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    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Yup, those artfully strewn Bintang bottles give what my art professors used to call “the human element…” makes landscapes much more enticing!

  • Breanna
    July 21 2013

    I recently took a yoga class outside in the grass where the yoga instructor kept saying good job on earth, mother nature. Your pictures definitely display that quote. If I have to pick which I don’t want to they are all awesome B for the colors or D for an animal I love

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Aw, I love that quote, thanks Breanna! I’m going to try to say that out loud often šŸ™‚

  • Steve
    July 21 2013

    All your photos are brilliant as usual. If I were to choose I would plump for B.
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    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thank you so much Steve! I appreciate that!

  • So jealous of the view from your bed! But I’m going to go with Photo E with the grasshopper. Such pretty colors!
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    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      I love that one. I was so happy to spot that little guy!

  • Caty
    July 21 2013

    Alex you are killing me here with all these beautiful turtle shots.That’s it I am coming to Gili T asap.See you in a bit =) But first I’m gonna surprise you with my vote…it’s C. love the beautiful shell.already admired it when you posted it on instagram.

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Caty! Yup, you got me there by the way…. so many photos I post these days are iPhone photos! It’s really amazing how much such a little camera can do!

  • Maria
    July 21 2013

    Very cool shots all around but that’s gotta be the world’s tiniest crab!
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    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      I love those little guys, you can find them all over around here. One day one crawled out of my dive gear while I was on the boat!

  • GRANDMA JOYCE
    July 21 2013

    beautiful, beautiful B

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Gram šŸ™‚

  • Dad
    July 21 2013

    B by a mile. Wow!

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Looks like this weeks’ winner! Glad everyone enjoys šŸ™‚

  • Ron
    July 21 2013

    I will always choose the UW work unless it is really poor. I LOVE Sea Turtles (looks like a Green) so the nod goes to D.
    That is a funky color (green?) on the Bannerfish! Were the rear ends really green?

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Ron! No it wasn’t really green, definitely the typical yellow color. That shot was just taken quite deep so the colors are distorted, and I was being lazy about color correcting in Photoshop šŸ™‚

  • I’m going to side with your dad on this one…B for beautiful bannerfish!!
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    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Rika! And yes, perfect (unintentional) labeling this week!

  • Cat
    July 22 2013

    Pretty colors this week but I’m going with B – cool composition.

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Cat! Or perhaps I should thank the bannerfish for being such good models this week…

  • Aunt Karen
    July 22 2013

    I think they are, as always, all so unique. Ur camera eye is Mind blowing. I will go with B! Although the view from ur bed is pretty neat. Nice was to wake up. Poop in ur bed? Not cool. Love the long lunches & not in a crowded, noisy city. Seaside massage going on ‘the list’!!

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Aunt Karen! And yes, let’s do beach side massages next time I’m in town — I’m sure we can find them in Florida!

  • Shaun
    July 22 2013

    F all the way! – you just know it was a good day.

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      It was indeed šŸ™‚ Thanks Shaun!

  • Kristen Noelle
    July 22 2013

    B, then F! All quite wonderful. Those massages sound like perfection.

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      I am dying for one today, but have promised myself that I won’t until I get all my work done šŸ™‚

  • Olivia
    July 23 2013

    All of them!!

  • Dana
    July 23 2013

    All of the photos are so beautiful! And I love that they are all so different so they really give a good overall picture of your days. If I HAD to pick one though….I think I’d go with C, because I love doing the same thing!

    • Alex
      July 23 2013

      Thanks Dana! It was a good week for photography and I managed to pull my camera out a lot šŸ™‚

  • John Bourke
    July 24 2013

    Alex, I like both B and F . In “B” I could swear those ” critters” are having a conversation, and “F” to me; “says it all”. Both reflective of a diverse photographer. real Talent !

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