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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Sikidang Crater Dieng Plateau Indonesia

 

Husband Pieter at the active Sikidang Crater on May 9, 1983, with our guide, the Dutchman who'd lived for years in Indonesia.
YES it was completely OPEN at that time... safety issues were not heard of over there!
Now they have fenced it in somewhat.
Me with the camera capturing some special heat resistant shrubs!
Seeds seem to be able to survive a volcanic eruption and germinate afterwards...
Amazing that there still is any vegetation!
Each morning when driving up to the Dieng Plateau for work, as we saw the smoke come up, I said: 'That is the Devil's Kitchen...'
Lots of active craters and a bubbling lava pit...
There have been many eruptions and at the end of the 18th century, an entire village of 450 people got wiped out by such a lava slide; all but one died!
The sulphur smell varies on certain days but most of the time, it is not harmful.
Imagine falling down into the hot bubbling lava pit!
One would easily dissolve in that 'Devil's Soup'!
Hot and bubbly...
Very thick too, the Devil is not concerned about over-cooking his lava soup...
After almost seven years, I'm back in March 1990, at the Devil's cooking pot... Pieter too, he was behind the camera.
On November 19, 1996 we were there together with a mushroom friend from Australia who was visiting for business, he took a photo from both of us.
Nature is full of mysterious riddles...
Once more both of us visited there with our best friends from Dublin Georgia, who tagged along with us May 24 of 2001, and from Java they flew to Bali and back home while we worked and were home by June 17.
And so the devil cooks on...

A Lake in Dieng: Sikidang Crater Gives Different Beauty for The Plateau: Indonesia Tourism Video 1:20 min.

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18 comments:

  1. This place certainly seems like the devil's soup kitchen for sure, Mariette! I don't think I would be as brave as you all were to get that close to it in the first place, but the photos are much appreciated.
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Yes, it sure does and that's what I've always called it those years we rode up into the mountains to work. It is fascinating to see though!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Very brave to get that close. I prefer to just watch the photos. Thank you for sharing them with us, Mariette.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Well, you try not to fall into it as you would dissolve...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, Your photos of the active lava crater are fascinating. Nature is not all pretty wildflowers. There is also an exciting attraction to nature at its most powerful and violent--volcanoes, tornadoes, avalanches and mudslides as in your recent post, earthquakes, and the like.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      It is indeed mind boggling how there still remains such enormous power and heat from the center of our planet. At times it will spew its venom and so many have lost their lives due to it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Not really, as long as you're not drunk and 'fall'...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and for you it is a safe way for viewing your neighbors.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Interesantes fotografías. el humo del volcán hacen buenos efectos en ellas.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      ¡Sí, añade una mística única!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  7. Dear Mariette,

    looks like Island, they have Geothermie too

    Best regards
    Bernhard

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    1. Dearest Bernhard,
      It is on an island, the island of Java/Indonesia.
      Maybe you try to refer to Iceland? They sure do have Geothermal power as shown in my next post.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Yes, falling into a lava pit would be a horrible way to go Mariette! Excellent series of shots here 💛

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      Thank you. No, one would not want to experience that!
      It is a very beautiful but raw environment, we loved it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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