One of the most spectacular natural attractions on Flores Island are the three coloured crater lakes atop the volcano of Kelimutu at 1690m elevation. Visitors to Kelimutu normally would stay in the cute mountain village of Moni, located in Ende district, which sits snugly at the foot of the volcano surrounded by beautiful terraced rice fields. Set up early in the cold morning at 0400 and one should arrive at the summit just as the sky has begun to lighten. As every minute passes, the increasing light unfolds a geological wonder all around. In front are two massive lakes sunken in deep craters. One is in turquoise blue, the other in olive-green and directly behind the viewing point, the third crater lake which is black and almost perfectly round. As the sun climbs into the sky its rays reflect off the lakes, revealing their vivid colours even more clearly. Local tribal Lio people believe the souls of the dead come to these lakes in the form of mists, which often shroud the peak.
According to legend, the souls of young people rest in the turquoise blue lake, the souls of the old in the olive-green lake, and the souls of thieves and murderers inhabit the black lake.
The colours of Kelimutu’s lakes have changed dozens of times in the last 50 years, ranging from bright blue and red to black and white. Scientists attribute these changing of colours to the varying mineral and oxygen content of the lakes.
You can view the black lake in WS
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reijame (577) 2010-11-04 9:37
a highly interesting place and a spectacular view, finely captured and framed. Extraordinary colors of the lakes make this picture really stand out.
pauloog (11739) 2010-11-04 9:51
An unreal sight these green and blue lakes next together. Well presented with good depth.
KLB (23723) 2010-11-04 10:02
What a marvelous place.
The colours are really impressive, and the combination green and blue is successful.
Perfect composition and a fine quality to appreciate this incredible sight, compliments.
SWEETFREEDOM (19932) 2010-11-04 10:11
before reading your notes i noticed the different colors of the water really amazing! the p.o.v. is very nice as well as sharpness.
JFS (32453) 2010-11-04 10:21
Amazing lakes, each one of a different colour! Very spectacula, indeed. TFS!
manudautriche (4344) 2010-11-04 10:27
Un endroit vraiment étonnant que ces deux lacs aux couleurs de rêve,si proche et si différent,le point de vue pour admirer les falaises autour est extra,bel endroit,bravo.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-11-04 10:37
A quite beautiful image with a very beautiful light on these craters with the magic colors. Very good framing.
holmertz (31322) 2010-11-04 10:44
These lakes are among those natural wonders that I will never see with my own eyes, so thank you for showing them here. Thanks to your well written note I also had confirmation that one of them indeed has been red. This is a very fine photo with a good foreground. There is something almost magic with these two totally different lakes kept apart by just a tall rock. The green color is almost magic by itself.
jhm (128049) 2010-11-04 10:52
I like the rocks of color and composition.
Perfect composition and a fine quality to appreciate this incredible sight.
Sharpness and clarity are nice for look at.
Nice panorama sight about this lake.
Very well composition, TFS.
dta (56710) 2010-11-04 11:00
Hello Abmsudi ,
What an incredible beauty ! This is really an exceptional place ! The view is splendid , very sharp with outstanding colors .
Thanks for the share .
yquem46 (35378) 2010-11-04 11:01
Amazing color contrast between the 2 pools, both of them framed in colorful rocks
The blue cloudy sky and the smoke add to the compo, as well as the greenery FG
loves_summer (1310) 2010-11-04 12:02
Wow! Nature is really something spectacular. It is amazing the kind of artwork that can be seen in the natural world around us. The colours are fantastic and the POV is spot on. I also appreciate thay you included the black lake in the WS. This is really a great capture.
Thanks for sharing!
giorgimer (34652) 2010-11-04 13:53
incredible place, good POV. I like a lot the contrast between the colors of the two water types
ciakgiak (30383) 2010-11-04 14:38
what a spectacular view! This is an outstanding landscape with the crater lakes in to different colors. The quality is excellent, a really masterpiece.
Congratulations and TFS.
cure79 (213) 2010-11-04 15:13
You're real travel photography expert. I'm very impressed buy your work. But this picture perfect mountain scene is simply stuning. Amazing colours and unbelievable sharpness. Breathtaking.
TFS All best
siudzi (27769) 2010-11-04 16:15
What a great view! That must be an amazing moment looking at that beautiful place. Excellent colours, light management, composition. Congrats!
jusninasirun (17146) 2010-11-04 18:15
The three colored crater lakes are just wonderful but you have captured the image depicting the the note really well. Beautiful angle and lighting exposing the texture of the rock wall. The nature foreground details is a well thought addition making it a well balanced shot.
Thanks for keeping the update of our current flood situation and it is raining again this morning. I tried to get my mother-in-law out of Alor Star last night but to no avail. The water level is rising and they were out of running water for three days now.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead. Jusni
hispic (9619) 2010-11-04 20:33
Amazing picture indeed! it was worth your while to have been there early in the cold morning. turquoise blue and green of the lakes surrounded with steep rocks attract me strongly. Beautiful work!
Best wishes, Hisashi
AKITA (15125) 2010-11-04 21:35
green and blue colors of lakes are mysteriously beautiful,
and rock walls of mountains look very wild and beautiful too,
splendid nature view you took,
thank you for your excellent shot,
sayeed_rahman (5985) 2010-11-04 23:16
These high altitude fresh water lakes have always fascinated me, the algae perhaps giving the richness in colour..was reading today, another volcano is misbehaving in the indonesian islands..scary place..
nice elevation and hey, you have made an excellent photo..
dkmurphys (42527) 2010-11-05 0:56
Indeed, a very beautiful natural attraction. Unique place in a great panoramic view. I like the strong colors of your composition, well seen.
Have a great day.
eversmile (11628) 2010-11-05 2:55
That's a beautiful picture of a legendary place. The colors are gorgeous with good contrasts. I guess that it is quite difficult to frame, and even more if we want to get the three crateras in same time. Good idea to have added the third lake in WS; it is lovely.
I did not know the legend of the Lio people... very interesting!
gildasjan (39558) 2010-11-05 3:06
Superbe ce contraste très esthétique entre le bleu et le vert de ce magnifique paysage.
bravo et bonne journée
Bournazel (6222) 2010-11-05 3:49
A place I would really like to see, I haven't time enough during my preious trip in Indonesia. The difference of colors betwenthe Lakesis really incredible
federico (1603) 2010-11-05 4:57
hi abmdsudi, really nice shot, good POV, an original picture from one of the indonesia highlights
Angshu (52896) 2010-11-05 6:06
There are quite a few if these crater lakes in Indonesia...an uneasy calm sitting on dormant volcano cones. I had taken a picture of Kawah Ijen Crater from the aircraft which going to Bali...the water was turquoise there, no doubt about the acidity, like the water in the 2nd lake here. Quite a surreal painting by nature.
Did you take the picture by trekking up? or is it an aerial view? Good work & teaching me something new today, my friend!
adramad (30945) 2010-11-05 6:18
A wonderful composition, color contrast of these two volcanic lakes surprisingly, one with the emerald green and the other in a beautiful blue.
The varied colors of the walls of the volcano is also wonderful. Incredible place. TFS.
Have a nice weekend.
porto62 (2313) 2010-11-05 6:47
Hi Abmdsudi,some great colours and compo,an out-standing shoot.Great done.
Longroute (19392) 2010-11-05 8:33
I didn't think that existed such three craters volcanoes!
Very fine, it looks like an out of the world place.
The clarity is excellent and the colours so vivid so one can appreciate this outstanding scenario.
subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2010-11-05 11:47
a nicely composed shot with this interesting part of world. Perfectly suited with TE theme. Beautiful colours of the water of the lakes. Light is perfect with nice DOF. A bit blue dominance I think. Otherwise it is an excellent capture. Tfs.
bukitgolfb301 (32658) 2010-11-05 15:59
Hello my dear Abmdsudi
Apa kabar? Another wonderful great nature shot!
I have been there three times but this color is the first time for me. Perfect framework and very well matured composition as usual. Clear and so sharp and deep focus due to F.11 in the detail and marvelous vivid color presentation. Congratulation on your greatest job and thanks for sharing, have a good weekend!
aloyho (6798) 2010-11-05 18:35
A unique place indeed and I enjoyed this vantage point that you have taken. The contrasting lakes immediately conjured feelings of surprise and awe while the good note helped me to appreciate this place even more. I guess I must put this place in my travel cart. Great shot and terima kasih!!
saxo042 (33930) 2010-11-06 2:48
Indeed a spectacular view with these beautifully and differently coloured crater lakes. Also very interesting colour variations along the rocky crater walls. Marvellous!
peppe59 (14551) 2010-11-06 3:54
exceptional colors! a fantastic sight, much beautiful one. it compliments
yeln (11502) 2010-11-06 10:05
pogled je fantastičen!!!
človek težko verjame, da je to mogoče. tako zelo različne barve vode v kraterjih. čeprav je visoko, je bilo vredno povzpeti se do njih in narediti izjemne fotografije! odlično! čestitam! TFS!
lep večer, vojko
Cricri (92213) 2010-11-07 4:39
Un paysage aux couleurs incroyable, une vue spectaculaire de la nature qui réserve de magnifique surprise, superbe vue en WS, bonne note et jolie légende!!
marietom (34607) 2010-11-07 5:27
ce paysage, aux couleurs saturées, est magnifique ! Superbe panorama.
diomed (13926) 2010-11-07 7:22
fantastic view on this craters. Amazing perspective, superb colors great POV and DOF.
Selmik (2911) 2010-11-08 20:52
Good evening Abmdsudi,
picturesque image, great view and very colourful composition. Informative notes and good framing for the photo.
daddo (20641) 2010-12-18 16:06
Salam Abmdsudi.Impressive geological wonders in Flores. Indonesia must be full of natural marvels and thanks to your superb photos, keen eye and informative notes, we learn a lot about your homeland. I thought N.Z. was a place where to see the unusual waters, until i saw this photo. As for the black lake, no wonder the locals believe the souls of the wicked are there.A revelation of beauty, folklore and your skills. Regards. Klaudio.
testmaniac (13508) 2010-12-20 23:29
Hello Francisco,good photo job and great place!
kiasari (62) 2011-03-05 23:50
A nice shot with a good POV and well managed framing. I really like the colors of this photo. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,
kiks (11601) 2011-03-22 8:27
Incredible how nature can create such intersting and strange things! Lovely composition allowing us to see the beauty of the location. The colors are also very well exposed.
Robert1969 (6650) 2011-06-03 22:34
Een prachtig stukje landschap.
Je goed gekozen standpunt en de goede verdeling zorgen zowel voor veel diepte, als voor veel hoogte en rust.
Je krijgt als kijker ook zin om naar beneden te lopen om de beide meren te bezoeken (iets wat gezien de steilheid hoogstwaarschijnlijk onmogelijk is).
Dat de twee meren verschillende kleuren hebben wekt uiteraard ook veel nieuwsgierigheid op, oftewel je blijft naar deze foto kijken....Knap fotowerk.
kato (9542) 2012-12-24 23:43
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the two different crater lakes of volcano wih the green and blue color. It's mysterios. The strength of a life is felt for the plant having sprung up also at such a place. And, it is interesting that the crater is kicked with the lava stone as for the exception. THe whole id balanced well by beautiful color tone and good arrangement. And, the reflection projected to the lake draws out a good effect in this image.
npecanhuk (56368) 2013-01-07 14:19
Wonderful natural location!
I love the chosen pov, exposure, composition and colors! I miss a bit more of sharpness, though.
TFS - congrats,
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-02-08 12:21
When nature is playing games a great photographer is there to capture the serenity, the color harmony, the beautiful scenery!!
Nature is amazing, your picture is fascinating!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (32509)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-10
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Unbelievable Landscapes, Les plus beaux paysages ... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-04 9:27
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