Thursday, January 28, 2021

Gambar Cendrawasih Merah

Ini adalah gambar burung Cendrawasih Merah jantan (Paradisaea rubra) yang hidup di hutan hujan tropis pulau-pulau Waigeo, Gam dan Batanta. Sketsa awalnya saya buat menggunakan pensil biasa. Setelah itu saya warnai dengan pensil warna cat air. Setelah itu gambar tersebut difoto dan diolah lagi secara digital memakai Autodesk Sketchbook. 

Cendrawasih Merah

Hasilnya adalah gambar yang lebih tajam dan bisa dipakai untuk dicetak di t-shirt, mug, ponsel, tas dan notebook dan lain-lain. Pembaca bisa membeli produk-produk yang bisa dibeli di halaman ini: Red Bird of Paradise.

Selain Cendrawasih Merah, ada juga Cendrawasih Wilson atau Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) di pulau-pulau yang saya sebutkan di atas. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Wildlife Watching in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia are mostly visited by scuba divers and snorkelers who want to see marine life. However, its tropical rainforest is also a good destination for wildlife watching. 
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
Before the Covid-19 pandemic reached this region, I guided tourists to Waigeo island to watch birds of paradise. Bird watching is a popular activity among visitors who are interested in exploring wildlife in West Papua province of Indonesia. We did birdwatching inside its rainforest to see Wilson's Bird of Paradise, Red Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, Moluccan King Parrot, Red Cheek Parrot, Great-billed Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, and Western-crowned Pigeon. In coastal area, a lot of birds can be seen too. Some of them include Whimbrel, Radjah Shelduck, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Violet-necked Lory, Eastern Osprey, Moustached Tree Swift, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Pied-Imperial Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail, Beach Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, White-breasted Woodswallow, Dusky Scrubfowl, Olive-backed Sunbird.
Sometimes, when walking in the forest, I and the tourists whom I guided saw cuscus possum, snake and soa-soa lizard. 
Raja Ampat, and mainland West Papua did not have huge animals like elephant, rhinoceros, and lion. 
Various colorful flowers such as Hibiscus and orchids can be seen in Waigeo. I used to see pitcher plants in the karst of Kabui bay. 
After exploring the rainforest, we usually did some snorkeling at the house reef of the guesthouse where we stayed. For marine life, Raja Ampat islands had the highest number of fish species in the world. 
Olive-ridley Sea Turtle
Turtle in Waigeo

When I was traveling to the north coast of Waigeo, I saw turtles. In the middle of the night, when I was about to sleep, a villager knocked the door of my room and said that a turtle was laying eggs. She came out of the sea and went to the beach to lay her eggs just behind the villagers' houses. So, she was exposed to the lights from the houses.  But she was not disturbed by the villagers so she continued laying her eggs. 
coral reef in Raja Ampat
Marine Life in Raja Ampat
I hope that the Covid-19 pandemic can be mitigated by the introduction of vaccines and strict health protocol under new normal so that in the near future, access to this beautiful archipelago for tourists can be opened again by the government. 
If you are interested in visiting West Papua to watch wildlife and enjoy snorkeling, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to my cell phone: +6281332245180.

Please, support this blog by visiting my online artshop where you could buy some of the drawings of paradise birds, reef fish or flowers that are printed on t-shirts, mugs, spiral notebook, tote bags, cell phone cases, tote bags and etc. at this link: Wildlife Art. Or you could also click the following artworks to see the shop.
a couple of dolphins jumping at the blue sea
Dolphins jumping at the blue sea

paradise bird drawing printed on t-shirt
Red-Bird of Paradise T-shirt


Monday, January 25, 2021

Snorkeling and Freediving in Drop-off Reef of Mansinam Island

I have just completed a snorkeling tour in Mansinam island for 2 tourists. They were two girls from United Kingdom and New Zealand. We enjoyed snorkeling and recreational freediving in the drop-off reef. We were accompanied by a student who studied Marine Biology. It was a great experience because we could see a lot of fish and hard corals. Reef flat was around 1 to 2 meters deep. The drop off area was from 2 to 25 meters deep. It was a site that was good for freediving.
New Zealander girl was freediving in Mansinam island of West Papua
New Zealander girl was freediving in Mansinam island
To take pictures I had to freedive to a depth of around 5 meters so that I could be closer to the fish. One of girls, Leyla, practiced her freediving skill too. She descended to a depth of 5 meters. When she was going down to deeper waters, I took some pictures of her. This snorkeling and freediving trip were special experience for them.
Coral reef and fish at sea
Marine Life in Mansinam island
Black-backed Butterflyfish
After exploring the coral reef, we did some hiking tour to Jesus statue located at the top of Mansinam island. We met some pilgrims who were walking up the slopes to see it too.
In the previous day, we went hiking to a hill forest in the north of Manokwari ciry. We saw a lot of millipede, spiders, butterflies, lizard and bats. I saw a terrestrial snake New Guinea Ground Boa - also called Viper Boa (Candoia aspera).
Hiking tour in Manokwari hill forest with two British and New Zealander girls.
Rainforest Tour in Manokwari hill
Direct flight route to Manokwari
Flying route to Manokwari city from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
How to fly to Manokwari city
The adventure tour that I describe above is concentrated in Manokwari - the capital of Papua Barat province in the Republic of Indonesia. You could also take the tour here. What you need is flying to Manokwari city.

  • First, fly from your state to Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia.
  • Second, take a domestic flight from Jakarta to Manokwari city. Airlines such as Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air provide regular flights to Manokwari. 
  • There are hotels such as Aston Niu, Swissbel, Oriestom Hotel that you could choose to stay.
  • Tickets for your flights and rooms in the hotel can be ordered through traveloka.com
  • I will be happy to meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay in Manokwari and then organize your trip both to the forest and to the coral reef areas.

If you are interested in visiting Manokwari to see its coral reef and rainforest, and want me to organise your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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. 


Thursday, January 14, 2021

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


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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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Friday, January 8, 2021

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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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Ekowisata di Teluk Wondama

Kabupaten Teluk Wondama adalah salah satu destinasi wisata bahari yang penting di Indonesia. Ada banyak pulau di kabupaten ini yang dikelilingi oleh pantai berpasir putih dan pepohonan hijau yang rindang di tepi pantai.  Wisatawan bisa berkunjung ke Wondama untuk melihat pemandangan indah pulau-pulau tropis, berenang dan menikmati aktivitas snorkeling sambil melihat terumbu karang dan ikan yang berwarna-warni. 

Pantai Rowor di Teluk Wondama, Provinsi Papua Barat
Pantai Rowor berpasir putih di Teluk Wondama

Ibukota Kabupaten Teluk Wondama adalah Rasiei. Kota kecil ini bisa dijangkau dengan mudah menggunakan pesawat kecil milik Susi Air atau naik kapal penumpang cepat dari kota Manokwari. Pesisir pantai Wondama sendiri memiliki pemandangan yang indah sekali. Wisatawan bisa berkunjung ke bukit Wandamui yang dikenal orang dengan sebutan bukit selfie. Karena letaknya di puncak bukit maka wisatawan bisa melihat keindahan Teluk Wondama sambil mengambil foto selfie baik dari atas bukit dan tanjung maupun dari tepi pantai. 

Ada banyak pantai di Wondama. Beberapa di antaranya adalah Pantai Rasiei, Pantai Sobey, Ketapang Lima, dan Pantai Rowor. Di kawasan pantai ini, wisatawan bisa piknik dengan keluarga. Ada juga gugusan terumbu karang yang indah. Untuk menikmati aktivitas snorkeling, sebaiknya wisatawan membawa perlengkapan sendiri seperti mask, pipa snorkel, dan sepatu bebek. Jangan lupa membawa kamera bawah air seperti Nikon W300, atau Olympus TG-6. Ada banyak sekali satwa dan tumbuhan laut di terumbu karang. Beberapa di antaranya adalah parrotfish (ikan kakaktua), moorish idol, lionfish, bintang laut, urchin, pohon natal, padang lamun, ikan anemone dan masih banyak lagi.  Ketika sedang berenang di atas terumbu karang, hindari berdiri di atas karang supaya tidak patah. Jangan pula membuang sampah sembarangan. 

Di Teluk Wondama ada banyak penginapan dengan harga yang relatif terjangkau. Fasilitas pendukung untuk aktivitas wisata di Wondama bisa dilihat di link ini: Akomodasi di Wondama.

Jika Anda berencana untuk berlibur ke Wondama, sebaiknya Anda pergi secara rombongan agar biaya perjalanan wisata bisa ditanggung bersama sehingga menjadi lebih murah. 

Pemandu wisata:

Jika Anda membutuhkan jasa pemandu,yang akan bekerja sebagai penunjuk jalan, mengatur alat transportasi seperti kendaraan, perahu motor/ speed boat, akomodasi dan menghubungi berbagai pihak di Wondama, silahkan menghubungi DPC HPI (Himpunan Pramuwisata Indonesia) Kabupaten Teluk Wondama 

Ketua - Rio Suabey: +62 821 9869 4761
Wakil - Eky: +62 812 4893 1154
Sekretaris: Amsal Tinori +6282197937120

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Monday, January 4, 2021

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.

Please, support this blog by buying t-shirts, tank top, hoodie, legging, skirts, iPhone case, and etc. printed with art illustrations of birds of paradise (also called Cendrawasih), flowers, butterflies, fish, figure drawing, and etc. on the following link:

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