Month: January 2012

Tiny Things Under The Deep Blue Baluran Sea

I thought it would be easy to find and take a pictures of my most favorite marine organism: Nudibranch.  They have both brilliant colors and forms which should be easily caught by my eyes sight. As a mollusc member they don’t have any swiftly movements. Only crawling with their membrane-like foot or Javanese said: slow but sure (nggremet). Well, it was expected very easy to take some photo scenes. I said to my best dive buddy ever, Ferdy the Waterproof Man, “There will be a book of Nudibranch of Baluran soon.”

But it’s all just not as I expected as they should be. They are very god damned small! And this is under the sea brur! A place where we have no longer ability to do something more. No legs to walk, no speed to run and no lips to laugh! Hayo jajalo ngguyu karo nyelem! It means much easier to find Tumo on your head than caught any Nudibranch in their own habitat. We aren’t the ruler there, we’re a visitor, a foreigner.

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We’re Indonesian and We’re Proud to be

Setelah Birds of Baluran National Park terbit, saya dapat kabar dari kawan, bahwa kawannya kawan saya itu bertanya kepada kawan yang punya kawan tadi, “Buku burung ini dua penulisnya orang bule ya? Swiss dan Richard?”. Spontan saya langsung ngguyu ngakak, ya jelas donk, kalo nama Richard Noske sudah jelas orang bule. Tapi “Swiss Winnasis”! Uteke a?!

Ok, now I tell you how bule I’m!

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Birds of Baluran National Park, Tabungan Akhirat Kelak

Akhirnya, terbit sudah buku yang saya mimpikan itu: Birds of Baluran National Park (BBB). Bahkan sampai detik ini saya masih belum percaya kalo nama saya terpampang di halaman cover urutan pertama lagi. Ngapunten Gusti Allah, saya bukannya gak bersyukur, cuma sedikit gak percaya saja.

Setelah melalui proses panjang, 4 tahun mengumpulkan foto, 2 tahun menyusun teks, 6 bulan pematangan teks, 3 kali ganti desain, dlsb, buku ini seperti menyiram kepala saya dengan air dingin di tengah-tengah padang pasir nan gersang. Semua rasa lelah, mangkel, frustasi, luruh dalam senyum dan syukur.

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