dam photography


Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters.

 — (Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It)

Tukad Unda Dam - Bali, Indonesia 

Located on one of Bali’s major rivers, the Tukad Unda Dam is a great place to meet the Balinese locals. Families from nearby towns and villages come to the river to bathe and wash their clothes. The children also enjoying playing and having water fights in the dam. Considered one of the most picturesque locations in Bali, the dams cascades also provide a great setting for photography.


Last place we ended up going yesterday was bizarre and interesting. The pano picture I am standing on stop of a sediment flow damn that was built after the 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens to help control the flow of ash and sediment still moving down the river 37 years later. The rivers still run grey from all the ash, and you can see the charred tree stops that of the forrest that once existed.

Then of course, I had to pick some wildflowers as the nutrient rich ash that scattered the land meant the opposite side if the damn was completely covered in flowers.