A true passion that burns within your soul is one that can never be put out.

A true passion that burns within your soul is one that can never be put out.
Sunrise at Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater), East Java, Indonesia
Ijen Crater is a nature reserve Ijen Park is located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso District, East Java, Indonesia. This crater exactly located at the top of Mount Ijen which is one of a series of volcanoes in East Java such as Bromo, Semeru and Merapi.
Sunrise: Behind the beauty of Ijen CraterAnother uniqueness of this crater has a level of acidity is very high with almost close to zero and the temperature of the crater is 200° Celsius. In addition to altitude is located at 2600 meters above sea level. Posis crater is located in the middle of the largest caldera on the island of Java. The caldera size about 20 miles. The crater size is about 960 meters x 600 meters with a depth of 200 meters. This crater is located at a depth of more than 300 meters below the caldera wall.
This crater is a large lake with a bluish-green mist and smoke of the sulfur that is stunning. In addition, cold air with temperatures 10° Celsius, the temperature might reach 2° Celsius will increase the sensation of its own experience.
Steam rises from fumaroles on the SE crater wall
Tips:
The best time to start hiking is in the early morning, around 3 or 4 AM. You will be just on time to watch beautiful sunrise peeping through the mountain tops.
Around 10am the wind starting to blows the acid smokes of sulfur to the walkpath. It will be hard to climb down or up when it got covered with those sulfur smokes.
If you are in this situation and you don’t have a mask, pour some water on the tissue or handkerchief. Cover your nose+mouth with it, breathing through your mouth. Stay low behind the rocks and don’t be panic!
At 2 PM, the access to the crater is closed due to heavy white sulfuric smoke that makes hiking impossible.

HAPPY HIKING and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE 🙂
Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM + Singh-Ray 3stops Reverse Grad.

Ijen National Park

Ijen National Park

The Ijen National Park situated in East Java near the city of Banyuwangi, is the easternmost volcanic centre in the island of Java, Indonesia. The large caldera complex hosts a large number of volcanic edifices of which Ijen and Raung are the most active. The Ijen crater (Kawah Ijen) contains the world?s largest lakes of highly acid (pH<0.5) and mineralised volcanic water.

Besides its dramatic volcano scenery, Ijen National Park also offers collections of animals such as Javanese porcupine (hystrix brachyuran javanica), and other species of rare trees and flowers commonly grow in tropical rain forest.
In August to September, beautiful edelweiss blooms everywhere in the mountain. Green coffee plantations are variously scattered on the floor of the caldera.

Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Lee Filters

Kawah Ijen

Beautiful Ijen
Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater) is a nature reserve Ijen Park is located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso District, East Java, Indonesia. This crater exactly located at the top of Mount Ijen which is one of a series of volcanoes in East Java such as Bromo, Semeru and Merapi. Another uniqueness of this crater has a level of acidity is very high with almost close to zero and the temperature of the crater is 200° Celsius. In addition to altitude is located at 2,600 meters (8,660ft) above sea level. Posis crater is located in the middle of the largest caldera on the island of Java. The caldera size about 20 miles. The crater size is about 960 meters x 600 meters with a depth of 200 meters. This crater is located at a depth of more than 300 meters below the caldera wall.
Acidic Crater Lake This crater is a large lake with a bluish-green mist and smoke of the sulfur that is stunning. In addition, cold air with temperatures 10° Celsius, the temperature might reach 2° Celsius will increase the sensation of its own experience. Various plants that exist only in the highlands can also be found here, such as Edelweis Flowers and Pine.

The best time to start hiking is in the early morning, around 3 or 4 AM and the best time to go down to the crater lake is in the morning between 4.00 to 9.00 am. You will be just on time to watch beautiful sunrise peeping through the mountain tops. At 2 PM, the access to the crater is closed due to heavy white sulfuric smoke that makes hiking impossible.
I wish to comeback again to Ijen very soon. This place is incredible! I LOVE Ijen 🙂

Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM + Lee Filters, Manfrotto

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, East Java, Indonesia
The national park is named after its two mountains, Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676 metres), Mount Bromo (the most popular) and the Tengger people who inhabit the area.

The park also includes large areas which are very lush and green fed by rivers from the high tops. The medium elevations are clad with much thinner forest before this gives way to the barren plateau and peaks.
When timing any activities in the area, bear in mind that sunset is soon after 5 PM and sunrise is correspondingly early at around 5:30 AM. This means you will usually need to get up by 3:30 AM or so to get to a watchpoint in time for dawn.
For the keen hiker, this park is a dream come true and you can make your own schedule.

If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase desolate beauty, then this is surely it. Rugged, barren volcanic peaks, gravel plains and that sea of sand. Truly unworldly.
(Wikitravel)

Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EXIF: 0.125 sec • f/14• 12 mm • ISO 100
Exposure Mode + White Balance: Manual
Filters: Lee 0.6H+0.9S
Software: Digital Photo Pro + Adobe Photoshop CS3

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Leopard – Panthera pardus

Leopard - Panthera pardus

Fast Fact.
Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Protection status: Endangered

Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.

The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards can also hunt from trees, where their spotted coats allow them to blend with the leaves until they spring with a deadly pounce. These nocturnal predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. When human settlements are present, leopards often attack dogs and, occasionally, people.

Shoot in JPEG using Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Location: Bali Safary Park
See also this shot at National Geographic Magazine.

Small River Canggu

Small River Canggu

Batu Bolong, Canggu
Canggu is a small village in west coast of Bali, the village of Canggu is a relatively peaceful destination where verdant rice terraces literally stretch out towards one of the island’s best surf beaches
Because of its slightly out of town setting, it has the double attraction of being relatively close to everything one might need, while being far enough away to retain a peaceful rural feel.

Canon EOS 50D
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
30sec • f/14 • 13mm • ISO100
HITECH Filter HE ND Grad 3-stops
HOYA NDX400
RAW proccessed with Digital Photo Pro
TIFF proccessed with Adobe Photoshop CS3

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would you like to take a walk with me?

would you like to take a walk with me?

Kebun Raya Eka Karya, mostly known as Bedugul Botanical Garden is the huge tropical garden located in Bedugul, plateau area in northwest of Bali, the highland retreat 1,400 meters above sea level, cool atmosphere with lush pine forests freshen air and hill surrounds it.
The Bedugul Botanical Garden are popular for their quality of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Established in 1959, these gardens cover over 120 hectares on the slopes of Gunung Pohon (Tree Mountain). The gardens contain a huge collection of trees, nearly 500 varieties of orchid and are rich in birdlife. As a centre for the study of local plants, the gardens also boast a herbarium and library.
It is close to the beautiful lake which is called Lake Beratan and famous floating temple Pura Ulun Danu.

Northeast side of the garden: Sunday afternoon walk

Canon EOS 50D
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
0.8sec • f/20 • 10 mm • ISO 100
HITECH Filter SE 1-stops
B+W CPL
RAW proccessed with Digital Photo Pro
TIFF proccessed with Adobe Photoshop CS3

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