It took us some time to figure out how we can participate in this weeks #FriFotos theme: curve. First thing that came to mind are extreme curved structure or aurora pics at the poles to really divine curves. Ah, a dream. But in the mean time, we didn’t look very far for bended lines. Here are our Indonesian curves found in structures and nature.
Different to castles in the west world, houses and palaces in West Sumatera has pointy roofs, extended by a curved roof line. It’s a signature design that is very much familiar to most Indonesian.
Buffaloes are also special animals which symbolize wealth, mainly because they’re so expensive. Just below the women above, is a buffalo made of wood symbolizing wealth of the family.
Buffaloes have their take on curves. This is from the Geology Museum Bandung, ancestors of the buffalo. These curves protect the prehistoric animal from danger. On the contrary, they have been and still are alluring to some, especially the hunters.
Talk about contrast, hand it artist to bend the norms. A work of art, such as this Maria statue, can defy rigid cement into mimicking the flowing movement of cloth. It also takes a skillful sculptor to create such beauty.
Waves are one of the most anticipated curves of nature. Surfers will bob up and down in the sun just waiting for the right wave to ride on. They seek that perfect pipe. Down in Suluban Bali, surfers can find these long nature given curves that ride forever.
Speaking of buffaloes, here’s a live one! Up in Tana Toraja, an albino buffalo can cost extremely more than the ordinary black ones. Oops, I saw you check out the curves on this baby! Busted!
Ah Indonesia! A country so lush with tropical forest and green with rice paddies. Or so it may seem. If this is the Indonesia you’ve been hearing about, maybe it’s time for us to tweak this image just a little bit. You see, Indonesia has various ecosystems, and even on the fertile of Java we too, have a dry savanna. It’s called Baluran. It was hot, arid, and vast. The different landscape added something else to the rich Indonesia that we already know and love.
There’s a reason why I idolize Yudi, short for Yunaidi, an Indonesian blogger from Pekanbaru. He might be young for a photographer but he can sure take great pictures. I was fortunate to travel with him during the Yadna Kasada at Bromo a few months back just to see him work. Of course, that’s impossible since photographers always suddenly disappear to then come back with pictures of angles that you wouldn’t have predicted. Here’s one of his pictures, Lonely Bromo, another angle of the beautiful crater for you. Doesn’t look like a crater, but more like a black desert.
This photo also celebrates his talents which we’re sure has brought him to many good blessings. He’s now preparing for a free trip up Rinjani, Lombok, and another trip to Komodo. Ahh… talent does take you places.
I’ve often wondered about a piece of land like this Karang Copong, just off of Peucang Island. By name, Karang means rock, and Copong means dented. In total it literally means a rock with a dent, which it is exactly that. However, by definition, is it an island? In a country of 17,000-ish islands I had to wonder if this was one of them? What do you think? Is Karang Copong an island or is it just beautiful?
In the Sundanese language Peucang means deer, and that’s exactly what we saw on Peucang Island, Banten. Recalling Vira’s trip to Bogor, you can see that deer’s are close to the heart of the President. But here on Peucang Island, they are close to mine. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s where they should be.
It was one of the hardest morning I had to bare. The air was super cold, I couldn’t keep my calm. I was shivering. I could see my breath. I had only slept for an hour in a sitting position and I was fasting, so goodbye coffee. But all of that couldn’t stop me from enjoying the beauty of the crater Bromo in the morning. Its details, even from a distance, are astonishing. There’s no wonder why this mountain is worth all the fuss to see, even in that cold morning.
Remember this fun imagination picture we uploaded about diving in Bali? Well, here’s another brain teaser for you this Friday. Can you guess what this island, which is a part of the Komodo National Park archipelago, and its turquoise water looks like? 1 mississippi … 2 mississippi …
I think it looks like the head of a manta which is well known to inhibit the area. Hooray! Imaginations are fun to use, aren’t they?
Most of the time, you travel to see something on your bucket list or such. But on that rare occasion you stumble into a moment where you can celebrate, participate, or enjoy the different ambiance of the area. Those moments happen magically, as these smiles of the Yogyakarta people on their parade through the small alleys of this old city. There were so many of them, which made our cheeks tired of cheering and smiling back. They were celebrating the birthday of their kindergarten and it was a magical priceless moment.
Sometimes you wonder, how can people in isolated and less modern areas live the way they live? No high speed internet, no malls, no cars, no AC, no cafes, no supermarket, no body lotion, nothing but the basics. Because you’re curious, you pack your bags and travel far to that less modern area where you meet something that looks like this. For that split second you realize, ‘Live like this? Ooohh! No wonder people don’t move to the city. Now, why did I have to live in the city, again?’
This Ndaa Island picture is a contribution of Deni Yuliana, my travel mate to Tomia Island, ‘Tukang Besi’ archipelago, South East Sulawesi.
Surabaya is one of those cities that you pass by. It has been known to be the gate of many natural wonders of East Java, but hardly been heard as a destination. After our weekend there, we wonder why. Surabaya has so many beautiful old colonial and art-deco style buildings. Some maintained, some not. Nonetheless, interesting to observe. One of my favorites is what I call the ‘owl’ building. Not only is it a preserved detailed building, I rarely see this bird being the object of old buildings. Heart!