Lake Toba morning, North Sumatra, Indonesia

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Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2010

This deep slot between Samosir Island (r) and Parapat Peninsular (l) was opened up by the subsidence and collapse of a large part of the volcanic island that had partly filled the huge explosion crater that contains Lake Toba (Danau Toba).

The whole landscape has many suitable descriptors from wild, dramatic, unimaginable to benign, gentle, colourful. But its peacefulness and its equitable climate are in absolute contrast to its violent and cataclysmic geological past through which this landscape was formed.

Elemér on July 31, 2010

Beautiful landscape, good informative, beautiful photo!


Maja Weidemueller on August 3, 2010

Thanks for this most silent image Ian and also for the interesting information - really difficult to imagine such dramatic forces at such a peacefu place ~

Warmest greetings ~~~ Maja

Ian Stehbens on August 4, 2010

Greetings to friends in Germany! Dear Elemér and Maja,

This sound is a narrow section of the lake, and it impressed me with its rawness, for the slopes are steep and unstable, the water is very deep, and the lake extensive. This view allowed me to visualise the volcano before the subsidence. I found myself thinking about the volcanic activity the whole time I was here this time. The locals probably never give it a thought! It is all so stable - terra firma - for them. But it sure isn't in my mind!

Thanks for your comments and greetings.

Life is good! Ian

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Photo taken in Jl. Pulau Samosir, Simanindo, Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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