Let’s Take a Plunge into Gending!

Kids playing in a pond of Gending spring. Image: Sahrudin

Kids playing in a pond of Gending spring. Image: Sahrudin

By: @SahrudinSaja

CAN GENDING be categorized as an ancient spring? (Apakah Gending bisa dikategorikan sebagai sebuah mata air purba?)

So far no one has ever really examined or observed the age of the spring. (Sampai sekarang, belum ada yang mempelajari atau meneliti umur mata air ini.)

Gending is located in Dusun Ganjuran, Sukorejo Village, Mertoyudan of Magelang Regency. (Gending terletak di Dusun Ganjuran, Desa Sukorejo, Mertoyudan, Kabupaten Magelang.)

It is situated two kilometers south of Panca Arga, Magelang’s Military Academy housing complex. (Ia berada sekitar dua kilometer di sebelah selatan kompleks perumahan Akademi Militer, Panca Arga.)

Gending area is divided into some ponds. (Kawasan Gending dibagi menjadi beberapa kolam.)

The main pond, which formed naturally only a few meters from the point where water flows out of the ground, is a men-only pond. (Kolam utama, yang terbentuk secara alami hanya beberapa meter dari titik munculnya air, diperuntukkan khusus bagi laki-laki.)

The other sections consist of a women-only and a mixed pools. (Bagian lainnya terdiri dari kolam khusus perempuan dan kolam umum.)

Several 1.5 meters high walls were built to separate each ponds. (Masing-masing kolam dibatasi dengan tembok setinggi kira-kira 1,5 meter.)

Like many other springs; gravel or pebbles, river rocks and sand become the floor of Gending’s pools. (Seperti mata air lainnya; kerikil, batu kali dan pasir menjadi lantai kolam-kolam di Gending.)

Every day, dozens of people come to take the plunge into Gending’s ponds and its natural watercourse, while another wash piles of dirty laundry. (Setiap hari, puluhan orang datang untuk berceburan di kolam-kolam dan sungai kecil yang ada di Gending, sementara yang lain mencuci bertumpuk-tumpuk pakaian kotor.)

On Sunday and public holidays, hundreds of visitors flock to the spring. (Pada hari Minggu atau hari libur, pengunjung yang datang bisa mencapai ratusan.)

Snakeskin gourami, snakehead fish and freshwater shrimp are among water animals that live in Gending. (Ikan sepat, gabus dan udang adalah sebagian diantara satwa-satwa air penghuni Gending.)

But sometimes we need to be careful when there is only a few people in Gending: water snakes occasionally appear in the ponds! (Tapi kadang kita hati-hati jika Gending sedang sepi pengunjung: sesekali ular air akan menampakkan diri di kolam!)

I myself have seen it once: a yellow water snake with black spots on the skin came out of its den in rock crevices. (Saya sendiri pernah melihatnya sekali: seekor ular air berwarna kuning dengan titik-titik hitam di kulitnya, muncul dari sarangnya di celah-celah bebatuan.)

The snake swam here and there with just its head above water. (Ular itu berenang kesana-kemari dan hanya kepalanya saja yang ada di atas air.)

Perhaps the snake was seeking prey like small fish and frogs. (Mungkin, ia sedang mencari mangsa berupa ikan-ikan atau katak kecil.)***[magelang.images@gmail.com]

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