Today I’m featuring photography from Gili Trawangan taken by Clelia Mattana from Keep Calm And Travel Blog. Clelia is a dear friend and a Girl I just adore.
Picture Story: Gili Trawangan Sunset
I’ve always had a sweet spot for sunsets over the sea, I love the colour reflections on the water surface and the symmetry of the landscape hypnotises me.
This particular sunset was definitely a memorable one, not only because of its beauty (this is by far one of the best shots I’ve ever taken, among more than 50.000 pictures on my archive) but most importantly because how I got to admire and photograph it.
I arrived at Gili Trawangan a few days before, and I was a bit disappointed as our bungalow didn’t offer us the view of the sunset.
But hey, I’m not the kind of girl that loses her enthusiasm so easily! The island was small, so I grabbed my camera and went on a mission: I’d find the perfect spot to finally admire that damn sunset properly!
I put my “Indiana Jones” hat on and started walking along the main road when I noticed a sign on my right: “Sunset view point”. BINGO!
Filled with feelings of triumph, I followed the sign and found myself surrounded by the luscious Indonesian palm trees.
I asked for directions a few times and before I knew it, I got completely lost in a dense forest, with no human being in sight.
The path got narrower and darker with each step I took, but I was actually excited. I’ve always wanted to get lost and experience the thrill of the real adventure (or so I thought!).
This feeling lasted for about 10 minutes when I realised that it was getting dark, I was lost in the forest and the sun was about to set.
Crap! What was I supposed to do? Go back or continue my walk, even if I had no idea on when and where the path would end?
Heck, by then I wasn’t even sure that that was the right path! Not to mention that I’m scared of moths and other unidentified flying insects, and that forest was their perfect habitat.
I started screaming and running like a mad person after a few of these lovely creatures decided to explore my head in the dark.
It felt like being on the set of a horror movie or an episode of Lost (minus the hot guys trying to save me). I was just waiting for the black smoke to show up and I was done!
I even completely forgot what my mission was in a first place. Oh yeah, that bloody sunset!
Screw the sunset, I just wanted to get out of that damn forest! And then, when I was about to give in to desperation, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Literally.
I started running again with only one thought in my mind: get rid of the horrific insects chasing me and crawling on my legs, but when I finally found the exit I stopped abruptly.
What was in front of me made my heart skip a beat: I was in front of a painting!
I slowly approached the completely deserted beach in awe. The sun was quickly disappearing behind the big volcano and the water within the coral barrier was so still that the whole landscape could have been mistaken for a real painting.
Not a single person in sight. I was alone with nature. Sat on the warm sand and I didn’t even care taking pictures for a while (and it doesn’t happen often).
I was mesmerised by that landscape, I had never seen anything that beautiful in my whole life.
In just a second I forgot about the insects, the fear of being lost and everything else. I felt a sense of peace and completeness which is very hard to describe.
After a while, I woke up from that state of trance and realised that it was getting dark, so I started taking as many pictures as possible, and this one is the result!
The struggle of getting there only added an ever deeper meaning to this picture.
It was nature and beauty at their finest: the colours, the big volcano, and the stillness of the water were simply perfect! I’ll never forget that day on!
The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands or Gili island triplets: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.
Gili Trawangan is the largest of Lombok’s Gili Islands, measuring 3 km long and 2 km wide.
Of the Gilis, Trawangan is the most developed and geared towards tourism.
On Gili Trawangan there are no motorised vehicles. The main means of transportation are bicycles and cidomo.
For travelling to and from each of the Gilis, locals usually use motorised boats and speedboats.
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