Six Views of Mount Merapi

Central Java is dominated by Mount Merapi; although it isn’t the highest volcano in the area, it is the most active (“number one most active volcano in the world”, as our guide proudly informed us) and the closest to the main city of Yogyakarta.

Here gently smoking, behind a forest of trees killed probably in the 2010 eruption.

A close-up of the crater, seen from the north side.

Merapi seen in early morning, looking down on the village of Selo.

The vapour from the crater merges into clouds rising from the valley.

Merapi seen from its taller but dormant neighbour, Mount Merbabu.

Merapi at night: the bright star directly above the crater is Alpha Centauri.

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