It’s been a month since my last post on my East Java Trip…I didn’t even realize it has been that long, time goes so fast when you are busy. I guess it’s the story of my life now, busy with school. I’ll write about my work later because I am sure there’s a good story coming out of it 😉 … but for now, let’s talk about my trip!
On the second day of my East Java Trip, we visited 2 places – The Ijen Crater (which I have shared a month ago) and Baluran National Park.
There’s nothing much to tell about Baluran National Park but I am glad we visited that place because I got great shots from that place. I am not saying that my photos are great but it’s more to the fact that Baluran offers great creatures, scenery and moments to catch.
The guide said that Baluran is famous for its EVERGREEN forest, it’s not actually a forest like rain forest but it is much denser and more untouched compared to Bogor Botanical Garden. It is called as evergreen because it’s still green even in dry season, however not far from that forest there’s a Savannah that looks like in Africa during dry season (I will talk about that a bit later). I didn’t take any shot of the forest because it doesn’t look great in picture. What’s interesting about the forest is that during rainy season, we can see a lot of Bunga Bangkai ( Corpse Flower). It is called as Corpse flower because it smells like dead animal. There are some corpse flower here in Indonesia, the one I saw was called Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (you can see it’s bigger version> here). the other known corpse flowers are: Amorphophallus titanum (here) and Rafflesia arnoldii (here)
It might smell bad (I didn’t smell anything at that time, maybe it was because the flower was still very young) but nature knows best because not far from that flower I saw this beautiful butterfly. It looks like it has tails…it’s actually its wings
We didn’t linger long near the flower because the place we were heading was still far. The Evergreen forest is quite vast because I fell asleep for few minutes when we were passing through it.
We finally arrived on the savannah…I love seeing that big open space. It was so green!! I love it!! But I am also curious to see it during dry season because the guide said that it looks exactly like in Africa (see the first photo). Maybe one day i can return there during dry season…nevertheless, I am still happy I got the chance to see such greenery.
Near the savannah, there are houses (I am not sure what those houses for, I forgot to ask because I was overwhelmed with the scenery). Around those houses, there were a lot of monkeys. The guide said that the monkeys are tricky, we had to guard our stuff well or they will steal it away from us.
The monkeys were great models 😉
Those monkeys are lucky to be there…they don’t have to be chained to perform like the monkeys in Topeng Monyet (here).
The guide said that there are a lot of deers and bulls in that place but we have to be really lucky to be able to see them. I found the deer’s foot prints on the wet soil. They were just there, I guessed the rain made them go to other spot.
It won’t be Indonesia without a mountain 😉
When we were about to leave the savannah, we got VERY lucky because we saw a huge group of deers resting not so far from the road. We tried to approach it a bit closer to get good shots but the leader made a shrill sound and that alerted the rest of the deers. They slowly got up and prepared to run if we got any closer to them. It was a great experience to be so close to wild deers and to hear the leader’s alarm call.
We didn’t want to disturb them more that we already had…so we left them before they run away.
Our next destination was the beach. If we followed the coastline, we could actually reach Jakarta 😉
I am not a beach person, for me they all look the same. I like mountains more because they always look different.
There were more monkeys near the beach and these monkeys were trickier than the previous monkeys. They stayed near the cars and waited patiently to steal people’s food. A person in my travel group saw one of them attacked a woman carrying coke, it stole the coke and leisurely drank it. I almost got mobbed too, I held a cookie on my hand when I walked out of the car and one of them persistently chased me till someone pointed a catapult at it.
The people who lived them often scared them with a blank catapult. They (the monkeys) think that the catapult is loaded so they run away. Those monkeys are hilarious to see. These are my two favorites:
I guess it’s time for me to close this post 🙂
All I can say is that if you’re planning to come to Surabaya, do visit Baluran National Park. It’s a lovely place.