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I took today’s picture in Indonesia in July 1992.

T3933. Craters and mist at Mt Bromo. Java. Indonesia. July 1992crop

This unearthly landscape is Mount Bromo which is in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. The picture shows Mount Bromo crater, Mount Batok, and Semeru. It was taken from the edge of Segara Wedi (the “Sea of Sands”) atop Mount Penanjakan. You can walk here in a few hours from the nearby village of Cemoro Lawang, which is where most people stay overnight as you get up very early to make your way to the crater edge for sunrise. It’s one of the most surreal landscapes I’ve seen as – at first you’ve no idea what you’re going to see as it’s dark – but it’s certainly worth the trip.

The volcanoes here are still very active and have erupted several times recently in 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2015.

I was here travelling on my own and I have to say I rather fell in love with Indonesia. I’d arrived in Java by ferry from Sumatra, then made my way overland by bus and train from Jakarta via several stops before catching the ferry to Bali, where I stayed for a few weeks before making my way by ferry and bus through the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Komodo and finally to Kupang, Timor before flying out to Darwin, Australia. It was an epic trip which one day I’ll get around to writing about. I doubt very many people still travel that route nowadays due to visa restrictions and cheap flights!

If you want to see more of my pictures from Indonesia, just click on this link.



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