Hidden in a concrete labyrinth several stories high, Yogyakarta’s daily market radiates warmth and color. The dim hallways and fluorescent lighting are no match for the imperfect beauty at every turn — from chili peppers in shallow baskets to stacks of potatoes overlooked by a shopkeeper with a twinkle in his eye. I hold up the camera and ask, without words, if I can take his photo. He responds without words, only a smile of approval as if to say… Me? You want to take a photo of me and my potatoes? Yes. Our shared moment is captured forever, and the pulse of the daily market beats on, just as it does in every community of the world.

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      1. I am surprised you don’t get more traffic, but at least you made freshly pressed, and honor I will probably never see because I don’t have enough text in my posts.

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      2. Interesting you say that… I agree that more text makes a post more likely to be Freshly Pressed (unfortunately), but I find I get more traffic for a post when there’s not a lot of text. People seem to prefer looking at images over reading text. You consistently have great response to your posts — I’m envious! And I’ll keep trying. 🙂

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      3. Just what keeps the response, I don’t know. There was a drop off in mid December which has not recovered. I think it is because my most popular posts deal with travel, and I have been stuck in Houston for about 6 months.

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      4. Really? I never would have guessed that. Your content is always fresh, and it seems like you’re always on the road. The Haleakala photos are amazing, as is the photo of two kids running for “threshold”. I’ve noticed a drop, too. I’ve wondered if blogging as a whole is experiencing a plateau of sorts. Regardless, I’m in it for the long haul, as I suspect you are too.

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  1. Fabulous photos Kelly – had to look up Yogyakarta and see where it is – obviously I always think I might probably know where you are but am often clueless!
    I love markets, as you know, where even the humble potatoes look gorgeous. In the last photo of all the little avocado green packages tied with string – what are those?

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  2. Wonderful Kelly! I remember this great market and you captured it so beautifully. I recall being baffled and intrigued by some of the spices, then doing the “international pantomime” (my favorite part) to figure how they were used. 🙂 The vendors were always so welcoming and friendly. ~Terri

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    1. Terri! Thanks! Great that you’ve been there, too! It was wonderful to arrive in a new place and discover such a fascinating market. Yogyakarta was quite a gem to explore. Hope this finds you well! 🙂

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  3. Your compositions are always so thought out, and you know I can appreciate that. This location in particular is so very interesting because of the concrete & color and contrast between them. You C what I did there, C&C? Ha!

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