Samosir Island is in Lake Toba, a dormant volcanic caldera 1000 m above sea level in North Sumatra. It is an island within a lake on an island (Sumatra). A climb up to the centre of Samosir island reveals yet another lake, with you guessed it, another island in the centre. Prapat is the town to catch a boat to this idyllic spot. Polarized & scanned from a print. The rooves are shaped like buffalo horns, similar to the Miningkabau tribe of nearby Bukittingi. The local inhabitants were perhaps originally Moslem, but converted to Christianity under the Dutch colonialists. Ambarita is a fascinating spot to wander around.
The volcano last exploded over 75,000 years ago, to form this massive freshwater lake, & there are still hot springs & sulphur around the lake shore
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jp80 (8443) 2004-11-30 3:40
Very nice landscape Chris. I like those colors, and the crop you used. Very well done ! Thanks,
kaud (1840) 2004-11-30 3:45
You snapped it great!
The sky and the underwater plantation - both are clear.
Best of Colors
papagolf21 (79616) 2004-11-30 4:03
Une photo paradisiaque ! J'aime ces maisons en forme de bateau retourné, blotties dans un feuillage bien vert. Cette mer émeraude et ces bateaux donnent envie d'aller voir ce paysage de plus près.
Belle réussite Chris.
GrahamB (939) 2004-11-30 4:07
Very nice shot Chris. You have a very nice composition here with the rocks in the lake balancing the tree at the top and the line of boats getting smaller into the distance.
One minor distraction is the bright rooftop in the centre that tends to grab my eye a bit - I guess that was sunlight reflecting of a metal roof or similar?
Anyway, great shot.
PixelTerror (0) 2004-11-30 4:38
I like here the nice water transparency and the succession of characteristic rooves, it's true it's very bright on the center roof.
anakin (2775) 2004-11-30 5:08
Hi Chris very nice shot and fantastic place
clodreno (0) 2004-11-30 5:19
looks like a paradise to me.. am I wrong?
Water is so clrear..
Very nice landscpa Chris...
elihesamian (26149) 2004-11-30 5:22
Very very beautiful,glad to see it,Chris,lively shot,with an excellent composition,a peaceful place and lovely weather you show us,and the roofs in point of style says about the location very well,nicely done,Chris.
sandpiper (6560) 2004-11-30 6:16
A very pleasant scene, great composition and colours. Love the village roofs.
billabongx (1585) 2004-11-30 7:55
very wonderful picture! nice colour and perfect contrast. well done.
bazal (7900) 2004-11-30 8:27
Very nice reflection effect on the water surface. interesting architecture of the buildings (houses, temples ?)and wonderful colors. Nice "heavenly shot" !
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-11-30 10:13
very nice work here, I like the way you have shot this and also the white clouds emerging from the back.
Oldtree (2457) 2004-11-30 10:53
Very beautiful landscape and a very angle you took this photo. The roofs are an eye catcher for me. I like the two boats disappearing in the distance on this clear lake. Well done.
jhm (128107) 2004-11-30 11:42
A very beautiful landscape Chris, perfectly angle for take, the white clouds above, its silhouette of the green trees against the clouds its lovely, the clear water with the boats is a nice detail.Thanks for posting, this way I am also on travel.
Aegean (2571) 2004-11-30 11:51
A really lovely view of a fantastic place Chris...The colors and sharpness are excellent and the DOF fantastic keeping everything in focus! Very well done!
sn00zie (2384) 2004-11-30 12:38
wow. picture perfect Chris. the reflections are absolutely stunning. love the colors in the picture too
carper (96) 2004-11-30 13:41
Dit is weer zo'n hele goede view,
Uitstekend het geweldige landschap in beeld gebracht, de kleuren zijn mooi en de hoek waaruit de foto is genomen is uitstekend. Erg goed werk Chris.
scalerman (26900) 2004-11-30 15:23
I think I can almost see my guesthouse from this shot - already forgot the name...
Your landscapes are always very bright and colorful Chris.
Spoony (3539) 2004-11-30 15:54
Beautiful scene. What a fantastic image! Everything is fine here... colors, light, contrasts, perspective... Very well done Chris.
aznegrao (10296) 2004-12-01 13:34
Hello Chris, aqui e o paraiso??, pela beleza de sua foto parece que é. Gosto muito da transparencia da agua com os belos tons em gradação, o ceu está fantastico e dinamico.
taivo (1843) 2004-12-02 10:44
Again, amazing how you preserved the colours of a photo taken in 1990. The clear water is nicely captured. The two boats on the right fill up the otherwise empty space on the right.
maphoto (8082) 2004-12-03 8:23
Very beautiful Chris, very clear photo showing this beautiful landscape, great sky and good depth, well done.
Mrg (825) 2004-12-03 14:05
What a fantastic landscape you bring us here Chris! The calm and hollow waters makes a fantastic composition. Good colors
jrj (34841) 2004-12-04 11:04
With a lot of wet snow outside and the dark winter evening - well it's just one very beig pleasure looking at your photos Chris. Like this one with the fine landscape and shore. Great inviting colour and light setting, fine details.
cessy (13647) 2004-12-06 0:32
hmm ... I love lake toba, has been years never been there again, very nice shot Chris. bring back beautiful memories :)
rabani (9645) 2004-12-06 3:52
I would do the same composition Chris, if I was there 14 years ago. Back then, when you first got this photo, it must have been a wow thing. Its the lake, or rightly, the polarized water and the bright sunny day with friendly white clouds that make this photo. The Minangkabau roof adds the cultural value or identity of this scene.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-12-10 15:28
Yet another wonderful (and old) landscape shot from you - I like that crystal clear water and the fine reflections for that great cloudy sky - thanks a lot for this fine view.
joseelias (0) 2004-12-16 8:06
Great place! Colors and details are excelent! I also like the diagonal POV leading our eyes into the background with those boats as good elements. The traditional houses are indeed interesting.
natc (315) 2005-06-09 10:23
i like these shots displaying both outer & underwater landscapes. have a look at this one :
thanks 4 sharing,
rowanb (864) 2005-09-06 9:48
nice sharp and clear image
good composition and beautiful colours
good work =)
axiotea (21647) 2008-06-02 1:01
I just discover this image in the intro page and was pleased to see it, because I ve been in lake Toba many years ago(79). I can see on the left side, the batak houses which I remember had the original thatched roof at that time...I like the transparency of the water and the way you've framed the whole scene.