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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Bajaj in Jakarta

This is my first post of Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”

This theme is almost nostalgic for me. I went looking up for some old photos and finally found one:

Bajaj in Jakarta

Bajaj, almost extinct public transportation species in Jakarta

The photo was taken in early 2010. All bajaj in Jakarta are imported from India (Bajaj is actually name of motorcycle manufacture company in India). It became one alternative for public transportation. This fancy three-wheeled vehicle was good choice for mobility: swift, can take you anywhere in the city, at negotiable price (you have to bargain from the beginning). However it’s also loud and somewhat uncomfortable.

There was time when street of Jakarta turned orange due to vast number of bajaj. Then local government decided to create more sophisticated means of transportation. Bajaj were imported as product without service. They survived for decades by dedicated local mechanics, and still running on streets. Still, most bajaj are old. Old vehicles should be replaced, government said.

As a result, bajaj are continuously declining in numbers. I don’t know how many left in Jakarta. They are (mostly) gone. But they will not be forgotten, especially by citizens of Jakarta.