While the words are synonymous, in terms of personality and attitude, I’ve always thought of distance and farness as two things that can indeed be mutually exclusive. In an age like this with Skype and international phones and even travel blogs, one can be far, far away without ever being distant. That said, this sentiment is a bit more difficult to photograph, so I decided to stick with the traditional interpretation.
The Batu Caves and their Hindu temples stand at the edge of the the metro area of Kuala Lumpur. From the cliffs’ edge you can see the skyline and entire cityscape of downtown Kuala Lumpur. As I was leaving the Caves, an opaque layer of clouds swept over the entire valley. Within minutes, the city in the distance turned from dim colors to a faint silhouette to completely obscured and unseeable.
Within a few minutes of hiding out in the caves and getting my water bottle stolen by some overly curious monkeys, the city reappeared and it was safe to scale down the temple stairs and back toward the distant cityscape on the horizon.
To read more about the Batu Caves, click here.