Volcano Gunung Batur on the island of Bali refracted through a glass sphere


Oculus time again. This is a picture of Gunung Batur (Mount Batur) on the island of Bali. It is an active volcano and this picture was was taken from the rim of the caldera which was formed around 25,00 years ago. The present cone rises some 700m above Lake Batur which has formed on the caldera floor. The last major lava flows were in 1968 and can be seen clearly as dark basaltic out purings out from the main cone but the volcano urmbles and emits steam regularly. It looks and sounds remote but there are literally hundereds of restaurants and tea houses stretched along this, the southwest part of the rim forming part of the town of Kintamani.

Nearby is a Volcano Museum which wasn’t there last time we visited and contains some great models and geological samples. My eldest (7), who’s totally into seismographs at the moment (even more so after watching ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ twice on the plane on the way over…) thought it fantastic. We found a little staircase in one corner of the museum labelled ‘Observation Room’. We ascended the stairs to find a little bright room with several tripods with high powered binoculars pointing vaguely at the volcano. The tripod mounts are very wobbly and the scopes could not be focussed … oh well. On the way back down we stopped at a little glass door where we found the resident seismologist who seemed completely chuffed to have some interested visitors. He welcomed us in and showed us the seismograph which had a trace on its drum from a tremor that morning. Mr 7 was in heaven!

Of course my oculus came to Bali with me and although it stayed in my camera bag most of the time … it came out whenever I remembered it was there … like this occasion. Shot using my favourite lens my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

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