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A real 'nice' wander along the edge of an active Ijen volcano in this stark barren landscape at 2300 m asl in Banyuwangi, East Java. Finally a good morning light was to be had after a 4 hour trek up, leaving volcano observatory base station at 0200 hrs in a cold morning. But be warned of pungent sulphuric fumes continuously emitting from a 1 km wide turquoise coloured acidic lake below - being the most acidic crater lake on earth.

Hope you can see those tiny 'ants' just to give the scale proportion of an extensive dangerous sight - a combination of nature and toxicity. Even from this high shooting point you still could smell a whiff of the stinging sulphur fumes. A gentle reminder that volcano never sleeps.

That's a masterpiece of nature so to speak and you don't a need gas mask to enjoy this simple picture


Setting: 16 mm, 1/60 sec, F16, ISO Raw 100, 0614 hrs & GDN filter

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