3 months ago
What you get when you add a burning sunrise to one of the unnaturally vivid pools of Kelimutu volcano in Flores, Indonesia.
We got up painfully early to join a handful of hikers climbing through the fading night to reach Kelimutu's summit before dawn. These three sacred pools are said to house the souls of the dead, with each representing a different group with a different, unearthly colour. Thanks to oxidation reactions, the colours change constantly throughout the year. On this day, Tiwu Ko'o Fai Nuwa Muri - the Lake of Young Men and Maidens - was a startling, creamy blue. Usually it appears a little more green, while the others tend towards blue and red though on our visit the scarlet had turned inky black.
What's spectacular about Kelimutu - excepting this view of course - is that thanks to the always-changing lakes, no one visit or (thankfully) photo will be the same. A rare gift in the Instagram age.
🇮🇩 at Kelimutu