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


WPC: Kite Season

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

When the sunny sky embraced Bandung for last few days, the people know it’s time to do something fun outside. Playing kite was one good choice. Then, the game begins. In afternoon, kids and adults play on the street. When it’s too crowded, there’s still other place: their roof.

I used to play kite when I was 8 or 9. The playground was wide field, higher degree of freedom. It’s hard to imagine people here can do something like playing kite within narrow spaces. Of course it has some consequences. They have to accept undesirable fact that their kite will always stuck somewhere. From my house alone, my friends and I have collected 4 fine kites. However, it didn’t stop them. So, I’ll see some more kites among cables, tangling strings, and battle of kites.

This kite season it’s a bit weird. I can say that this is a season outside its usual season (can we define it as off-season???).

Anomali cuaca Bandung dalam satu tahun terakhir

Daily mean temperature of Bandung since last year.

One week ago, we still have rain in Bandung. Now the sun shines like it’s directly above our head (in fact, it is). It can bee seen from graph above that significant temperature deviation happened since earl 2015. That’s why no one can conclude what season it is right now. The real kite season should have begun in April. But in Bandung we had constant rain in April. It caused shifting in many minor seasons, especially in agriculture. So, many things are off-season here.


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


Broken Sugar Cane Lorries

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

More about my WPC submission here

Kereta lori pabrik gula pagotan madiun

Home of sugar cane lorry

Behind broken fences
of Sugar Factory of Pagotan, East Java
lies a century old lorries
stand still, collecting rust
waiting for special moment
carrying sugar cane during harvest
throughout the rail track
on hectares of sugar field
some lorries aren’t lucky enough
got broken with age
maybe they will be missed

or maybe not

Lori pabrik gula pagotan

Broken lorries


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.


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


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.


Little spider walks on single thread

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


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.


Wall of Old Batavian Bar

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

Foto Kota Tua Jakarta Batavia

Old bar in Old Batavia. The old signs on the wall are classic. The bar is not operating anymore, though.

This is a wall of building in Old Batavia or Kota Tua Jakarta. The place used to be capital of Dutch Colonial Government. Old Batavia was busy with port activities. Life was hard. Fortunately, bar always brought cheers to people. Time had flown away. Now only the building and signs (at least most of them) remained. Indonesian flags are waving.

Other submissions for Weekly Photo Challenges: Wall are here.

NB: I tried to edit my old submission, but the connection was unstable. Then my earlier post went wrong and I can’t fix it. Sorry.


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.


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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From Depth To The Surface

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

Talking about depth, I’ll take its literal meaning. The photos were taken from my experience during travel in Sangiran Early Man Site near Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. This site is special. Many fossils from Pleistocene era were found. The most important discovery was fossil of Homo Erectus.

Kondisi sekitar Sangiran

The unique roof of Museum Sangiran can be seen far beyond. Meanwhile, my sister and I are walking around the mound.

It is said that the layer containing fossils were lifted up by geological process. The result is abundant remains of ancient creatures. Mostly shells and bones. I wandered away from the museum and went to nearby settlements. Then I found out a mound where villagers usually find interesting fossils.

Bukit fosil sangiran di antara sawah

The mound among rice fields

Fosil kerang di lapisan tanah sangiran

This is what you’ll see upon closer to the mound. All the soil contains ancient shells.

Fosil kerang di lapisan tanah sangiran

Imagine that this very land was in ocean bed.

Too bad I didn’t find some fossil. Well, can’t hope too much. Archaeological excavation needs months, or even years, to find valuable fossils of Homo Erectus and animals in surrounding area. Still, this is fascinating story about depth. Just imagine the ocean bed had risen up within million years. Leaving history to us in the surface world.