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This photograph was taken during my last visit in mount Ijen, in east Java.

The volcanic cone of Ijen dominates the landscape at the eastern end of Java. Crater of Ijen is filled by a spectacular turquoise blue lake, its surface streaked in wind-blown patterns of yellow sulphur.
Kawah Ijen is the world's largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor.

Strong men then load the sulphur in baskets which can weigh up to 90 or 100 kg. Then walk up narrow paths to the crater rim, 800 m higher than the crater lake and continue their way down some 3 km walk covering 1500 m down again. This heavy work combined with sulphurus air is not good for the body. When you as a tourist want to make photos of these men (who are more than willing to pose), they will either ask you 1000 Rp ( 0,09) or a cigarette..

Well, mount Ijen is a very nice place for taking photo..

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