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Happiness on Rice Field

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

Long dry season is tough time to grow crops. But mother nature is generous enough to let us cherish in joy of harvest. These are pictures taken in Sukorejo, Ponorogo. Seeing yellow rice fields along your journey. People harvest the crops in traditional way. In some areas, black smoke is visible as result of burned hays. Trucks, pickups, even motorcycles carrying harvested crops. Economic activity will take place soon. These are happy times. This fortunate soil is happy place for those who place their life on crops. Happy place for anyone has time to enjoy it.

jalan pedesaan street view of village

Road to rural area. Wide area of rice fields are on both sides.

panen padi Ponorogo gagal berhasil

Some farmers or labors are harvesting the crops

masa panen padi di desa Ponorogo

The leftovers are stacked and ready to be burned. The ashes will be used as raw materials for cement and other products

Pemandangan sawah pedesaan

Typical landscape in Sukorejo on harvest season.

mobil pengangkut hasil panen Ponorogo

Pickup truck is ready to deliver harvested crops to town

Harvest season arrives
Rural farmers thrives for hope
Children running happily
on sides of rice field

Iwan Fals – Potret Panen+Mimpi Wereng

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Matahari Terbenam di Candi Ijo Yogyakarta

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Di lereng bukit kapur nan hijau, di antara kerasnya bebatuan, berdiri oase peribadatan megah. Orang-orang berkumpul dan menjalankan ritual menghadap matahari terbenam. Bangunan menjulang, arca terpasang, sesajian diletakkan. Khidmat dalam sore yang agung.

Kira-kira begitulah masa kejayaan Candi Ijo berabad silam.

Zaman menggerus Candi Ijo sehingga ia takkan pernah sama. Namun setidaknya, kita-kita saat ini masih bisa menikmati matahari terbenam di tempatnya berdiri. Kali ini saya akan ceritakan pengalaman mencari matahari terbenam di Candi Ijo.

Lokasi

Candi Ijo terletak di Dusun Nglengkong, Kelurahan Sambirejo, Kecamatan Prambanan, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. Biar lebih gampang tahu, candi ini lokasinya tidak terlalu jauh dari Candi Prambanan. Kalau dari arah Yogyakarta, terus saja menuju arah Candi Prambanan lewat jalan utama. Ketika mencapai lampu lalu lintas sebelum perbatasan Yogyakarta-Klaten, berbeloklah ke kanan. Bisa juga mencari papan penunjuk jalan yang ke arah Piyungan. Setelah itu lewat jalur Piyungan.

Di jalur Piyungan ini banyak papan penunjuk jalan yang menawarkan wisata candi lain. Contohnya adalah Candi Ratu Boko dan Candi Barong. Namun saya sengaja berangkat sore untuk mencari matahari terbenam di Candi Ijo. Mungkin candi lainnya tak sempat dikunjungi, begitu pikir saya di awal. Ternyata dugaan saya tepat. Jadi kalau mau mengunjungi serangkaian candi yang ada di daerah ini silakan sediakan waktu dari pagi atau siang.

Di Piyungan bakal ada papan penunjuk yang mengarah ke Candi Ijo. Kalau tidak nampak, bisa dicari papan penunjuk ke arah MDS Boarding School. Itu arahnya sama dan saya diberi tahu informasi itu oleh warga sekitar. Sisanya tinggal ikuti jalan. Ciri-ciri jalan yang benar ke Candi Ijo adalah jalur yang semakin menanjak.

Ulangi. Jalan yang makin menanjak sekaligus makin jelek.

Candi Ijo berada di lokasi yang kaya akan batu kapur dan sejenisnya. Setiap hari truk bermuatan barang tambang ini naik-turun, meninggalkan jalan bergelombang dan berlubang. Waktu saya ke sini (awal Oktober 2015), jalanannya sangat parah. Lubang jalan nggak pernah absen. Sudah begitu jalannya mulai berbelok dan makin menanjak. Saran saya perlu hati-hati terutama yang bermobil. Setelah melalui medan, akhirnya nampak kompleks Candi Ijo di kiri jalan.

Saya pergi naik motor dari Yogyakarta dekat UGM. Ditambah macet dan lain-lain, waktu tempuhnya sekitar 40 menit. Rute lebih detail bisa dilihat pada Google Map berikut.

Candi dan Matahari Terbenam

Ternyata mencari matahari terbenam di Candi Ijo sudah menjadi kegiatan mainstream. Hal ini terbukti dengan banyaknya pengunjung ketika saya sampai. Tapi tak apa-apa. Misi tetap dilanjutkan.

Untuk masuk ke Candi Ijo tidak dikenakan biaya. Pengunjung cukup mengisi buku tamu dan dipersilakan masuk. Di dalam komplek Candi Ijo sendiri ada balai situs untuk berbagai keperluan. Di sampingnya lah baru nampak candi yang sebenarnya. Baca lebih lanjut

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid Skies

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

‘Cause you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
You’re such a heavenly view
(Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars)

When I look up, all I see is lovely, sunny, tropical sky. Vivid at all day. Always like that, especially in these times. Hot days. Wish you all safe summer.

Langit Pantai Depok Yogyakarta

Clear sky in Yogyakarta beach

Langit di atas taman Bandung

Clear sky above Bandung park. Not much different, right?

Foto taman bandung sore hari

Same park, in the evening

Pemandangan sunset di ITB

Taken at my campus. Sunset light between trees and buildings.

Foto apartemen Cihampelas Bandung

Sky and brand new skyscraper apartment in Bandung

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Enveloped By Cloud

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Enveloped.”. Check more of my WPC submissions here.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

I don’t know what that means. But I know that cloud may create interesting effect.

Here I have two images.

Bulan purnama Bandung saat subuh

1. Full moon at dawn

The first picture is obvious. It is photo of full moon, just before it sets. I took it at 5 a.m from my house in Bandung.

Matahari tertutup awan

2. Afternoon sky with sun

The second picture looks similar to first one. However, it was taken at afternoon. So that is picture of sun, enveloped by thick cloud so the light intensity was significantly reduced.

Interesting effect. At least for me.

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Geometric Intricacy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Intricate.

When I first read the “intricate” term, I imagine the beauty of complexity around us. Both natural and artificial. In this post, my choice went for intricate works in geometry.

First one, wooden puzzles. They are precise, beautiful, yet frustrating.

puzzle kayu

Fine craftsmanship, delicate intricacy, fun challenge

tetris puzzleThen, architecture. You can some exquisite ornaments of Turen Mosque in Malang, East Java. (Read my old post about Turen Mosque for more pictures)

Islamic architecture

Indoor ornaments of Turen Mosque.

Seni dan arsitektur Islam

Outdoor ornaments of Turen Mosque

Finally, special geometric display. Both pictures were taken on my campus, Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Karya mahasiswa ITB

This one is huge

sains teknologi seni ITB

Geometric installation on campus

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Little Floating Creatures

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

Barely visible to naked eyes, there are floating creatures roaming around. Either looking for dinner or just enjoying life.

macro image of butterfly

Weightless butterfly is having some rest on tall grass.

afloat-spider

Little spider walks on single thread

Look for more submission here. For my other photo collections, click here.

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Life is Ephemeral

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.” Click here to look for more.

Nothing lives forever. We have several decades of lifetime in average. More creatures live even much shorter. In my opinion, one must always realize that he/she is ephemeral relative to vast universe.

I am weak, ephemeral creature made of mud and dream. But I feel all the powers of the universe whirling within me. (Nikos Kazantzakis)

By watching ephemeral existence, we learn how to apreciate life.

Jamur mulai muncul saat musim hujan

Early stage of mushroom life on a tree. It’s so small that I couldn’t get good focus.

Jamur tumbuh di pohon saat musim hujan

Mature stage of mushroom life on the same tree.

See more of my WPC submissions at Weekly Photo Challenge menu or click here.

[EF#7 – Weekly Challenge] Snap and Tell a Story – When It Rains

This post is a response for Blog English Club EF#7 Challenge. The community here is great and I want to join it. Writing together is always better.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

Langston Hughes

Foto pemandangan perkebunan Jawa Barat Bandung Subang

When it’s raining hard when you are on the road, find yourself a shelter and enjoy it

It was about a year ago, in rainy season like these days. My friend and I went to tea plantation in borders of Subang and Bandung. We were preparing for initiation of Student Activity Unit newbies. The unit’s name isn’t shown here to make sure future generations will not find it :P. You know, college students have such tradition. Some would say that college initiation is inhuman and useless. I’ll tell you, the days where oppressing seniors rule the college were long gone. Our target was to pass down all cultural and organizational value in difficult situation. We understood our duty and responsibility. We made sure everything run safely and smoothly. That’s why we were willing to ride motorcycle 40 km away.

Back to the main story, one day we were on the road while raindrops are starting to fall. Gentle at first, then it turned out furiously dangerous. Strong winds and intense rain were too much. Raincoats were useless. Unfortunately, we were in tea plantation area. No shelter around. My friend pulled the motorcycle faster. Thank God, we could find traditional coffee shops and rest area after few hundred meters.

We ordered some coffee, then having conversation. Feeling bored after waiting for almost an hour, I took a picture of tea plantation around. One picture above is my favorite.

So that’s my story. Just remember to bring good raincoat, or suffer in this rainy season.

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Rule of Third: Pattern

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”

beautiful pattern in mosque

Beautiful pattern on stairs of Turen Mosque in Malang, Indonesia

This is my submission for WPC this week. The picture is featured in my other post about unique mosque that looks like Mughal Palace or Thai Temple. If you are interested about Turen Mosque in Malang, please click here.

For other submissions about this week’s challenge, click here.

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Symmetries We’ve Built

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.”

Features of symmetry are often found in man-made objects. I’ll show examples about my local architecture style in Indonesia.

Masjid kampung arab pekalongan symmetry

Mosque in Kampung Arab, Pekalongan

Ukiran pemandian tamansari keraton yogyakarta

Upper part of gate in Tamansari Royal Bathing, Yogyakarta

These two have different architecture style due to different cultures that had influenced Indonesia in the past. Anyway, the feature of symmetry doesn’t change. Maybe it is just us, humans, who think that symmetry is pleasing our eyes.

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Where My Real Serenity Is

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.”

Blue skies, tropical climate, classical architecture and warm attitude of Indonesia create good mix of serenity. Living in peace is common way of life. Watching mountains, wildlife, convenient places, nice people, that’s daily stuff. Of course I feel good when I see it. But that doesn’t even close to term “serenity”.

This kind of serenity can be easily found around us.

This kind of serenity can be easily found around us.

The real serenity in my mind means looking deeper inside yourself. That’s a process of becoming more patient, more faithful, and putting away burden in this maddening world. Perhaps there are many ways to achieve it. But for me, holding hands as prayer brings purest tranquility.

Well, talking about religion like this might be uninteresting in this modern era. The urge of freedom is greater than urge of wisdom. Still, I believe in my faith and it never disappointed me. Serenity belongs to this place.

showing obedience before his Almighty God.

showing obedience before his Almighty God.

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My Little Garden in Close Up

Pada hari Minggu cerah ini, saya menghabiskan waktu menyirami taman rumah. Perlu waktu lumayan untuk membuat semuanya tersirami. Biarlah, toh tetap tampak bagus. Secara keseluruhan, melihat taman itu memanjakan mata. Dilihat dari dekat, makin banyak keindahan kecil yang layak diabadikan. Itulah yang saya bawakan dalam post ini.

Keep scrolling, beauties are down there.

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