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Dancing in The Air - A Ballet Performance

Yesterday (19 January 2021), I created a digital drawing entitled Dancing in the Air. It depicts a ballerina jumping in the air while performing her ballet dance. Actually, I already created a sketch of the dancer years ago using conventional ary tool, i.e. watercolour pencils on paper. With the availability of modern art tool such as Autodesk Sketchbook in Android Smartphone, I can now produce artworks where ever I go without having to bring art supplies in my bag. 

dancing in the air a ballet performance of a ballet dancer
Dancing in the Air

Although strong and bright colours can be created using digital drawing software, I still like the manual drawing. So, I try to spend more time in creating sketches and colorful drawing in my books. Those sketches and drawings will later be used for creating digital artworks. "Why going digital?" You may ask. Well, digital illustration has got transparent background. So, it can be printed on mugs, t-shirt, cell phone cases, spiral notebook and a lot more. I have got tens of artworks that are now available in my reedbubble online shop. Please, visit: Charles Roring's Art Shop and if you are interested, you could order some of them. 


Wildlife in Rainforest

Every rainforest has got its own wildlife that is unique from one to another. For instance, in Africa, there are lions, tiger, elephant, and giraffe. Such animals cannot be found in Amazon and New Guinea. Today the western region of New Guinea is part of Indonesia whereas the eastern one is the independent state of Papua New Guinea. The western region is also called West Papua. There are two provinces, i.e. Papua and Papua Barat. There is a forest area in Papua Barat province that has attracted a lot of visitors who like wildlife. Its name is Susnguakti forest. It is located in the eastern part of Arfak mountains. Tourists go there to watch Birds of Paradise and other wild animals. Cendrawasih is a common name for Birds of Paradise. Because of its beautiful colours, the dried Cendrawasih bird is often used as decorative item of the traditional costumes of the indigenous tribes in New Guinea. The images of Cendrawasih is often drawn on the houses of local people, printed on t-shirts, and other garment products and painted on the walls and canvases.  

The following is a colored pencil drawing of Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). I created it using watercolour pencils. This artwork is now available in Redbubble website and can be bought printed on t-shirts, mugs, mask, leggings, iPhone snap case and frame art print, pillow, water bottle and a lot more. If you are interested, please, visit these paradise bird art products in my Redbubble Shop.

drawing of birds of paradise
Lesser Birds of Paradise
To watch Birds of Paradise, tourists in Susnguakti forest stay for at least one night in a simple basecamp. Early in the morning, they have to wake up and walk to the lek of the paradise birds. From the basecamp, it takes less than 10 minutes to reach the tree where Lesser Birds of Paradise gather and dance. Bird watchers, in general, use binoculars to watch the paradise birds. These are very useful wildlife watching gear. Most often birdwatchers bring D-SLR cameras with telephoto lenses. 
Moorish idol the bringer of happiness
Moorish Idol
This is a digital drawing of Moorish Idol (a tropical fish that lives in coral reef). The artwork can be ordered printed on a lot of products on the internet. Here is the link: Moorish Idol art.

Wildlife watching is a great ecotourism activity. Actually, there are a lot of other interesting animals and plants that can be watched in the rainforest from the beautiful King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, cuscus possum, glowing mushroom, butterflies, beetles, spiders, lizards, and etc.
In coastal area, there are hibiscus flowers and butterflies that are also attractive. A lot of beaches in West Papua have got coral reef. They become that natural habitat of unique marine creatures from colorful fish and various shapes and forms to big frigate birds that soar over the sea looking for wildlife. 
To see underwater wildlife, the easiest way is by snorkeling. One needs to wear snorkeling gear to see the fish, plants and other marine animals in coral reef. Actually, coral reef is the tropical rainforest of the sea. Plants in the coral reef absorbs CO2, does the photosynthesis, and releases Oxygen into the sea water. This process is performed by zooxanthellae algae that lives in coral reef. 
Both tropical rainforest and coral reef play important roles in our environment. They absorbs our CO2 emissions and supply with Oxygen. Without them, human will not survive on this planet. by Charles Roring


Drawing of Flowers and Butterflies

I like drawing. I have done it since I was a child. Although I don't do it every day, I still provide some of my time to create interesting drawings. I draw flowers, butterflies, birds, human figures, boats and anything that I consider attractive. Most of these subjects can be seen in forest both in the mountains and coastal area of West Papua. 

Drawing of Flowers and Butterflies

Here are some drawings of flowers and butterflies that I created both using watercolour pencils on paper and digitally using stylus on cell phone screen. Well, these artworks are available in my redbubble shop and everybody can order it in the form of t-shirt, mugs, cell phone cases, stickers and etc.

For creating digital artworks, in the past I used Samsung Tab A with S-pen. Now I use ordinary cell phone with a Baseus stylus that I bought separately. For the software/ application, my choice is Autodesk Sketchbook.

People who read this article may be confused with the term drawing because I mention watercolour. The process of how I create these artworks was started with the creation of sketches using graphite pencils. After that I added colours using Derwent watercolour pencils. The process of coloring the sketches was later carried out using wet brush. 

If you are interested, please, have a look at them in my Redbubble shop of Flowers catergory

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Snorkeling in Wondama

If you are very fond of snorkeling and want to explore new places, I recommend that you go to Wondama Bay. This regency has got a lot of islands and beaches that are the natural habitat of various kinds of coral reef. Anemonefish, surgeonfish, wrasse, grouper, damselfish, butterflyfish, spadefish, are some of the many tropical fish that snorkelers can see in Wondama. 

snorkeling photo of Charles Roring coral reef and fish in Wondama regency
Snorkeling in Wondama Bay Regency

To travel to Wondama, fly from your countey to Jakarta (the capital city of Indonesia). After that take a domestic flight to Manokwari city. Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air, Lion Air provide regular flights to Manokwari city from major cities in Indonesia. When you arrive in Manokwari, I can meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and organize your trip to Wondama by ferry or by small passenger plane. Here is the flight route to Wondama.

Flight route for tourists who want to travel to Wondama
Flight route from Jakarta and Denpasar to Wondama

There are hotels, inns, guesthouses in Wondama which visitors can choose to stay. Before taking a trip to Wondama, make sure that you bring your own snorkeling mask, snorkel, fins, and underwater camera. I recommend Nikon W300, Olympus TG-6 but you can choose your own photographic devices. 
Well, if you want me to organize your trip to Wondama and guide you there, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wondama - A Beautiful Destination for Nature Lovers

Wondama regency is a beautiful tourist destination for nature lovers.  It has got a lot of tropical islands that are mostly surrounded by coral reef. Its marine life is abundant with various kinds of corals and reef fishes. Most of the land in Wondama is covered by tropical rainforest that becomes the natural habitat of a lot of plants and animals.

vacation trip to wondama bay of west papua
The Beautiful Nature of Wondama

I traveled to Wondama last month and did some hiking and birding trips in Wondiboi nature reserve. I saw birds such as Blyth's Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove, Grey Crow, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory, Rainbow Lorikeet, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Red Myzomela, Golden Myna, Yellow-faced Myna, Spangled Drongo, Lesser Birds of Paradise, and a lot more. I brought my binoculars, spotting scope and camera so, I could enjoy the birding trips well. 

There are a number of birding sites in regency both in the Wondama peninsula and in the islands. To identify the birds, I used field guide book Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. I received another field guide last month which was Birds of New Guinea including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville written by Phil Gregory. These field guides are complete references for birding visitors who want to explore the rainforest and coastal areas of not only Wondama regency but also the whole New Guinea and its satellite islands.

In addition to birding, I also did snorkeling to see the marine life. It was a great experience. I was able to see a lot of fish including anemonefish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, pipefish, spadefish, damsel, and a lot more. I brought 3 sets of snorkeling masks so I could enjoy snorkeling with some friends. 

The capital of Wondama regency is Rasiei. It can be reached by small passenger plane Cessna Caravan 208 or by passenger ferry from Manokwari city. 

As a tourist guide, I offer vacation tours to Wondama regency for visitors who want to see its rainforest for birding and wildlifw watching as well as enjoy snorkeling over its pristine coral reef. If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 

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Art Drawing of Birds

I like drawing animals, flowers and sometimes human figures. I do it both manually using pencil, watercolour on paper, and digitally using cellphone/ or tablet with stylus. The following picture is a collage of birds that I drew. These drawings are now available redbubble shop. It is a marketplace platform that is created for artists who want to sell their artworks.

drawings of birds of paradise in watercolour painting and colored pencil drawings
Art Drawing of Birds made by Charles Roring

If you are interested in ordering some of them to support my works of presenting the beauty of nature to the world, please, visit the shop and have a look at them

The artworks are available as prints on t-shirts, skirts, mugs, cell phone case and a lot of other attractive products. Please, visit my shop here: Tropical Birds from West Papua.

Snorkeling Widens Our Knowledge of Marine Environment

Snorkeling is a marine sport that allows us to widen our knowledge about marine environment. I often guide tourists on various snorkeling tours in West Papua. About places where I go with my clients, you could read my previous post Recommended Snorkeling Sites in West Papua.

snorkeling trip to West Papua with Charles Roring
Some Snorkeling Photos of Mine

People can enjoy snorkeling at a beach, a river or a lake. I like snorkeling over coral reef areas because they are the natural habitat of a lot of marine creatures. I usually bring an underwater camera to record some videos and take pictures of fish and corals. 

Some current or waves makes my body unstable in the water. So, I find hard coral and  with my left hand, I hold it. I could hold my breath for around 1 minute underwater. That's enough for me to take pictures of the marine life. 

In order not to break the corals, I position my body and feet floating in the water. After taking a number of underwater photographs or videos, I go up to the surface again. 

Later when I have returned to my house, I will try to identify fish that I see using a field guide book Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific. 

By enjoying snorkeling, I and the tourists whom I guide can see various species of fish and marine creatures that live in coral reef. They are beautiful and colorful. Coral reef is similar to tropical rainforest. It is the habitas of a lot of species of plants and animals. It is also a great natural resource for anyone who is interested in studying about marine science. 

If you are interested in taking a snorkeling tour with me to coral areas in West Papua, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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Recommended Snorkeling Sites in West Papua

I often guide tourists on various vacation tours in West Papua province of Indonesia. We enjoy snorkeling in coral reef sites as well as go hiking and wildlife watching in the forest areas. The durations of the tours are between 1 to 2 weeks or even more. 

snorkeling in West Papua of Indonesia
Snorkeling in West Papua

There are a lot of coral reef sites in West Papua province of Indonesia. Some of them are described below: 

Wondama - This is a regency in West Papua. It has got a lot of big and small islands that are surrounded by coral reefs. Its capital is Rasiei town. Most part of the National Park of Cendrawasih Bay is inside the territory of Wondama. Along the coast of Wondama town there are coral reefs, visitors can enjoy snorkeling over them. The snorkeling tours can be continued further to islands at the tip of Wondama Bay. For visitors who want to see villages to meet local people and explore rainforest to see birds and wildlife, Wondama is a highly recommended destination especially for budget travellers.

Raja Ampat - There are two small satellite islands in the east of Waigeo of Raja Ampat. They are called Waim and Mamiaef islands. They are not mentioned in the usual travel brochure about Raja Ampat tourism. But these empty islands are very beautiful. White sandy beach, coconut trees, and pristine coral reef are the typical scenery that most tourists will see there. I used to enjoy snorkeling in a lot of coral reef sites in Raja Ampat including Arborek, Yenbuba Strait, Mansuar island, Kri island, Piaynemo, Friwen, Kabui Bay, and a lot more. They are beautiful. Raja Ampat has got the richest marine biodiversity in the world. Misool, Batanta and Kofiau are important sites for snorkeling and scuba diving too. In my personal opinion, Kofiau islands and Batanta, although remotely located, are worth visiting. Marine life is abundant there.

Manokwari - as the capital of Papua Barat (meaning: West Papua) province, it can easily be reached by passenger planes operated by Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air and Lion Air. Coral reefs can be found in the eastern part of Manokwari. Manokwari is also the entrance gate for visitors who want to travel to Wondama. Manokwari is also an important destination for those who are interested in taking rainforest tours.

During 2020, the Indonesian government limit the influx tourists to this country due to Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, the world will start introducing vaccines. We hope that after the introduction of the vaccines, people will be able to travel again as usual and the snorkeling sites can be visited by tourists.

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Coral Reef in the Waters of Manokwari

Birdwatching in West Papua - slideshow of birds

Here are some of the many bird pictures that I took while guiding visitors on various birdwatching and wildlife watching tour in West Papua province of Indonesia.

The tour is not only limited to birding. In the tours, activities such as swimming and snorkeling over coral reef, traveling to remote islands and visiting villages as cultural interactions with local people are included in the itinerary.

If you are interested in taking a birdwatching and wildlife watching tour in West Papua, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.